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grab bag

noun
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
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for grab-bag

grab bag

noun
1.
a collection of miscellaneous things
2.
(US & Canadian, Austral) a bag or other container from which gifts are drawn at random
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Word Origin and History for grab-bag
n.

"miscellaneous mixture," 1854, originally a carnival game; from grab + bag (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for grab-bag

grab-bag

noun

A miscellaneous mixture; random collection: the grab-bag of memories in my muddled head

[1855+; dated sense refers to a carnival game in which one may reach inside a bag of small prizes after paying a fee]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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