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grab bag

n.
1. A container filled with articles, such as party gifts, to be drawn unseen.
2. Slang A miscellaneous collection: The meeting evolved into a grab bag of petty complaints.
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grab bag

n
1. a collection of miscellaneous things
2. US and Canadian and Austral a bag or other container from which gifts are drawn at random
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grab′ bag`


n.
1. a bag or container from which a person, as at a party, draws a gift without knowing what it is.
2. any miscellaneous collection.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grab bag - an assortment of miscellaneous items
assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety, mixture - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
2.grab bag - a container from which a person draws a wrapped item at random without knowing the contents
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
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grab bag

noun
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"The hospital has a policy not to sell 'grab bags' of crisps or super-size chocolate bars and our vending machines offer diet drinks and water." In a bid to get patients and staff eating well, Liverpool's specialist brain hospital, The Walton Centre, has a fruit and vegetable barrow at the hospital twice a week.
John Grant, crime prevention manager at Kent Police, said thieves from Greece and Spain use a bottle of ketchup to divert people's attention while they grab bags.
As well as boxes and grab bags for everyday enjoyment, Cocoa Loco presents chocolate in kilner glass jars, which make beautiful gift ideas and look eye-catching in store.
Operation Manager of Cardiff Catering, Sue Eakers, said: 'We are very excited to be launching the new Grab Bags throughout the city's primary schools this term.
* Make little grab bags for the Salvation Army Kettles come holiday time.