a container or receptacle from which a person at a party or the like draws a gift without knowing what it is.
any miscellaneous collection.
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How to use grab bag in a sentence
There’s also a grab bag of other small upgrades to the Apple Watch’s durability in the Series 7.
Instead, they have offered a grab bag of objections to the Democratic bill.The Democrats’ coronavirus relief package is popular. Republicans hope to dent it. | Marianna Sotomayor, Mike DeBonis | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Now, we own them by the dozens—a grab bag of KN95s and bandanas, surgical masks, and floral-printed fabric coverings.
Like a lot of big federal spending bills, the new coronavirus relief package is a grab bag of unrelated legislation.Lavish Bonus? Luxury Trip? Health Benefits Brokers Will Have to Disclose What They Receive From the Insurance Industry | by Marshall Allen | January 6, 2021 | ProPublica
Figures from that grab-bag list also made their way into the requirements for United States history and government.
The usual grab bag of pundits invested in the political status quo was quick to dismiss the question.
As for the rest of the meeting last week, it was a grab-bag of potential culture-war battles, some big and some small.Southern Baptists Take Baby Steps Away from the Culture Wars | Ruth Graham | June 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Larry King Presides Over Grab-Bag Third-Party Presidential Debate,” at The Daily Beast.
A grab-bag of fascinations, for open the pages where one will, each chapter has its racy anecdote and astonishing story.Memoirs of an American Prima Donna | Clara Louise Kellogg
"I have been constructing a grab-bag, and you shall have the first grab;" and Norah brought out a bag made of rainbow ribbons.The Pleasant Street Partnership | Mary F. Leonard
"If you need anything more in the way of cheer, I will bring forth the grab-bag," said Norah, as she handed Alex some tea.The Pleasant Street Partnership | Mary F. Leonard
"I don't know what I'll draw out of this grab bag next," and he plunged his arm in again.The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
Then you give the line a quick jerk, and pull in, hand over hand, and see what you have drawn from the grab-bag.Days Off | Henry Van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for grab bag
a collection of miscellaneous things
US, Canadian and Australian a bag or other container from which gifts are drawn at random
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Other Idioms and Phrases with grab bag
A miscellaneous collection, as in The meeting amounted to a grab bag of petty complaints. This term alludes to a container offered at a party or fair, where one dips in for a party favor or prize without knowing what one will get. [Mid-1800s]
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