grab bag

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  1. a container or receptacle from which a person at a party or the like draws a gift without knowing what it is.

  2. any miscellaneous collection.

Origin of grab bag

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for grab bag

grab bag

  1. a collection of miscellaneous things

  2. 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

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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