Definition of mixed bag in English:

mixed bag


  • [in singular] A diverse assortment of things or people.

    ‘a mixed bag of applause and catcalls’
    • ‘Does that do anything for you, you know, seeing an ethnically mixed bunch of people standing in front of a big flag?’
    • ‘They were a mixed bunch, but they were pretty good.’
    • ‘On the night I was there, a Wednesday, the customers were a mixed bunch.’
    • ‘We are a mixed bunch, full of sorted women and financially-challenged men.’
    • ‘The albums I purchased today are a mixed bunch, but they sum up the wide range of what I enjoy listening to.’
    • ‘The other ones are a mixed bunch - both in terms of subject and quality - so I'm offering them up more as holiday snapshots than as examples of good photography.’
    • ‘I suppose the ‘problem’ is that the enemies tend to be a mixed bunch with a variety of attack patterns and looks, so recognizing an enemy and its capabilities can be tough.’
    • ‘The pairs enjoyed a mixed bag of results, with three wins and creditable performances in their close losses.’
    • ‘Once again it is a mixed bag for the audience with a combination of the old and new generation actors hogging the limelight.’
    • ‘They've been a pretty mixed bunch, ranging across that scale.’
    • ‘However, it was a mixed bag of results for a number of other local wrestlers competing on home soil.’
    • ‘The first two episodes were a mixed bag, with a number of the sketches flatter than chewing gum on the streets of Dublin.’
    • ‘We get a mixed bunch in and it can be really hard work but it is rewarding.’
    • ‘The shows were a mixed bag, with several designers not really understanding what a collection is.’
    • ‘Her question bank has always been a mixed bag of current affairs, sports, cinema and the like.’
    • ‘It's a big band that makes a big sound, featuring a mixed bunch of kids aged from 18-26.’
    • ‘The violent protesters were a mixed bunch, not solely an organised group identifiable as the Black Block.’
    • ‘The vegetables, too, were a mixed bunch: the carrots deliciously earthy; the roast potatoes disappointingly powdery inside and tough outside.’
    • ‘It is clear that the longer pieces in the collection are a mixed bag, needing more refinement.’
    • ‘The nurses were a mixed bunch too, some wouldn't talk to me, others were fantastic, especially the one who came and held my hand while I cried.’
    assortment, mixture, variety, array, mix, miscellany, random selection, motley collection, selection, medley, melange, diversity, mishmash, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, ragbag, pot-pourri, jumble, mess, confusion, conglomeration, farrago, patchwork, hash
    gallimaufry, omnium gatherum, olio, olla podrida, salmagundi, macédoine, motley
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mixed bag

/ˈmiks(t) ˌbaɡ/