Definition of pick-and-mix in English:


(also pick 'n' mix)


  • Denoting a method of assembling something by choosing items from among a large variety of different possibilities.

    ‘enjoy the freedom and choice of our pick-and-mix holidays’
    • ‘The arts programming also seems to have a something of a pick-and-mix feel about it.’
    • ‘These are pick-and-mix offerings that provide a basic package with optional extras charged at premium prices.’
    • ‘If it works, use it but be aware of the spirit of the land and beware of putting together a pick-and-mix of elements from different traditions - they may not work together.’
    • ‘I'm not one of those that can buy a couple of boxes of charity cards or those pick-and-mix cards off the supermarket shelves.’
    • ‘The company is already working with the network to beam its pick-and-mix commercials into more than 28 million households in the US.’
    • ‘The company has introduced a pick-and-mix card that potentially provides customers with 360 different choices.’
    • ‘It is a pick-and-mix curriculum which can lead to pupils learning the same subjects in S1 as they did in P7.’
    • ‘Probably the book's greatest strength is its spirited defence of the creativity of pick-and-mix personal religion as compared with more traditional forms.’
    • ‘In the travocchi - old fishermen's huts - you can eat brodetto, the local fish soup, a sort of seafood pick-and-mix in a garlicky tomato broth.’
    • ‘‘What drove these young men to take such risks?’, asked one article in the newspaper, before offering a pick-and-mix selection of possible reasons.’
    • ‘The pick-and-mix format of one day modules was chosen because directors of SMEs find it easier to take a day off here and there rather than leave their offices for an entire week - or even longer if they were studying for an MBA.’
    • ‘Most of us take a pick-and-mix approach, being good about some things and not bothering on others.’
    • ‘‘It's our version of pick-and-mix especially for the festive season,’ commented the manager, whose personal collection of toy cars sporting famous toffee company names decorates the window at the shop.’
    • ‘Couldn't this lead to pick-and-mix justice systems, someone insisting on the right to trial by combat or something?’
    • ‘Retailers are always anxious to find something new to attract and hold customers, but it's hard to see how the store's collection of pick-and-mix product offerings will satisfy those demanding shoppers.’
    • ‘The publication is hoping to appeal to those who have a pick-and-mix approach to their reading matter.’