Definition of grab bag in English:

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grab bag

Pronunciation: /ˈɡrab ˌbaɡ/


North American
1A container from which a person chooses a wrapped item at random, without knowing the contents.
Example sentences
  • For her, the box is a useless and impersonal thing, like the random presents pulled out of a grab bag.
  • I asked her if the wrapped presents were to be chosen randomly by each person from a grab bag.
  • For a limited time, we have holiday grab bags available for a great price with fun mystery prizes.
1.1An assortment of miscellaneous items.
Example sentences
  • The documents spell out a corporate shopping list, a grab bag of public and private services which European companies would like to get their hands on.
  • Every day the quarantine officials find a grab bag of seeds, plants and fungi.
  • It's a veritable grab bag of surprises as nothing's really been nailed down yet.

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