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[mish-mahsh, -mash] /ˈmɪʃˌmɑʃ, -ˌmæʃ/
a confused mess; hodgepodge; jumble.
Also, mishmosh
[mish-mosh] /ˈmɪʃˌmɒʃ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of mishmash
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; gradational formation based on mash1 Unabridged
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  • Cutting and pasting also produces a mishmash of styles and teaching approaches, creating confusion.
  • That's why the current reform plans rely instead on a mishmash of regulations, national exchanges, and subsidies.
  • But demos of both operating systems suggest that users could face a confusing mishmash of design ideas and interaction methods.
  • Household rubbish presents special problems, since it is an unpredictable mishmash of all sorts of stuff.
  • Navigating this mishmash of regulations is no easy task.
  • But it has always been a mishmash of evolving and often conflicting ideas rather than a coherent creed.
  • As such it contains little new material, and its chapters are a bit of a mishmash.
  • Not sure what you mean by this chaotic mishmash except for making it impossible to make a serious discussion.
  • The rest of the column is a mishmash of half-truths and bald-faced lies.
  • Tilt is a mishmash of notebook accessories, shoved surprisingly neatly into a sleek plastic box.
British Dictionary definitions for mishmash


a confused collection or mixture; hotchpotch
Word Origin
C15: reduplication of mash
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Word Origin and History for mishmash

also mish-mash, mid-15c., mysse-masche, probably an imitative reduplication of mash (n.).

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