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Definition of "grab bag" [grab bag]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "grab bag" in a sentence
  • "For her, he would reach into his grab bag of tricks and produce the best Lucius Cornelius Sulla of them all, free from artifice, innocent of smut and smirch and smarm."
  • "The dozens of citations—“ASD [autism spectrum disorder] references in bold; HgP [mercury] references in italics”—may have looked impressive, but the list was little more than a meaningless grab bag of attributes."