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A hodgepodge.

[Middle English hochepoche, alteration of hochepot; see hotchpot.]
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(ˈhɒtʃˌpɒtʃ) or


1. a jumbled mixture
2. (Cookery) a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables
[C15: a variant of hotchpot]
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1. a thick soup or stew of vegetables or meat, often thickened with barley.
[1350–1400; Middle English hoche poche, rhyming variant of hotchpot]
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Hotchpotch, Hodgepodge

 a confused mixture.
Examples: hotchpotch of errors, 1728; of garlic and cheese, 1591; of ideas; of many meats, 1530; of all sorts of men, 1652; of many nations, 1652; of true religion and popery, 1888; of songs, 1835; of tastes; of words, 1386.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hotchpotch - a motley assortment of thingshotchpotch - a motley assortment of things  
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.hotchpotch - a stew (or thick soup) made with meat and vegetables
stew - food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
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[ˈhɒtʃpɒtʃ] N (Brit) → mezcolanza f
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n (Brit) → Durcheinander nt, → Mischmasch m
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[ˈhɒtʃˌpɒtʃ] n (Brit) → pot-pourri m
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References in classic literature ?
Many a poisonous hotchpotch hath evolved in our cellars: many an indescribable thing hath there been done.
Personally, he was an intellectual moralist, and more offending to him than platitudinous pomposity was the morality of those about him, which was a curious hotchpotch of the economic, the metaphysical, the sentimental, and the imitative.
Before it used to be a hotchpotch where no one knew when the first-class season began and how many teams played, etc.
But a hotchpotch line-up made for a great day at 80s retro festival Let's Rock Scotland.
The annual event is described as a historical hotchpotch, loosely inspired by the ancient June fairs held in Wellington hundreds of years ago along with the town's annual Jubilee celebrations of the 1770s.
In its current form, Jubilee is a hotchpotch of ethnic loyalties to Mr Ruto on the one hand, and President Uhuru Kenyatta on the other.
ISLAMABAD -- A plethora of federal, provincial and local administrative structure is leading towards fragmentation of authority and hotchpotch governance in Gwadar city.
Pakistan seems to be suffering from administrative hotchpotch as the delimitation by the Election Commission of Pakistan has raised serious objections and concerns and has even threatened the holding of the next elections within the constitutionally-stipulated time frame.
Kidney Center Grid Station, a project of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), announced to complete in hotchpotch, moreover gave one lac a prize to project director Riffat Mehboob.
While most parents are entitled to some government support to help with childcare costs, and some working parents will be spending less on childcare this year following the introduction of tax-free childcare, the "confusing hotchpotch" of different ways parents can get support means that many are at risk of missing out on help they need, the trust warned.
The Family and Childcare Trust, said the "hotchpotch of schemes" should be streamlined.