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grab bag

1. A container or bag filled with various things, usually free gifts or promotional items. Primarily heard in US, Australia. For their grand opening event, the new cosmetics store gave customers a grab bag filled with coupons and free samples of their products.
2. By extension, anything that represents a variety of differing or unrelated items. My resume has a real grab bag of experience on it. I hope they can see how it applies to the position I applied for.
See also: bag, grab

grab bag

A miscellaneous collection, as in The meeting amounted to a grab bag of petty complaints. This term alludes to a container offered at a party or fair, where one dips in for a party favor or prize without knowing what one will get. [Mid-1800s]
See also: bag, grab
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Straus opens for readers a grab bag of gimmicks, gadgets, and games from which to draw resources appropriate to every no-talk occasion.
The promotion centers on "Austin's Groovy Grab Bag," a catalogue filled with lava talking T-shirts, coaster sets, Heineken red star neons pint glasses, temporary tattoos, mojo pendants and the Austin Powers video/soundtrack combo set.
The Nikolais bill was a grab bag of the choreographer-musician-designer's tricks with dancers' arms and legs reflected off mirrored horizontal surfaces in Crucible, their bodies encased in tubes of pliant fabric in Noumenon, dancers balancing on metal discs attached to their feet in Kaleido-scope Suite, or sporting spongy arm extensions in "Mantis" from Imago.
Cialdini uses the example of the Tupperware[R] party to illustrate a setting in which most of the compliance principles are used: Reciprocity (games are played and prizes won by the partygoers; anyone who does not win a prize gets to reach into a grab bag for one so that everyone has received a gift from the Tupperware[R] lady before the buying begins); commitment (each participant is urged to describe publicly the uses and benefits he or she has found in the Tupperware[R] already owned); social proof (once the buying begins, each purchase builds the idea that other, similar people want the product; therefore, it must be good); liking (the major seller is the party hostess); and authority (the friend who has organised the party and the Tupperware[R] saleslady herself.
Though the plan became lost in a grab bag tax bill that ultimately deserved a presidential veto, he should know that jobs and prosperity don't come from government, but from new businesses.
Merchandise grab bag with an official Gracie Fight t-shirt, VIP credentials and more;
Make a grab bag of different shaped items and try to identify them inside it.
The visitors were able to hear for themselves how the charity supports injured service personnel by providing each with a Grab Bag of basic essentials.
The monthly grab bag is our way of saying thank you.
The resulting grab bag of low-key Coolidge worship is odd but curiously satisfying.
Here at Family Life we have joined forces with Stockton's Wellington Square to give you the opportunity to win this gorgeous Betty Jackson terracotta Martha Grab Bag, now available from Debenhams, at pounds 55.
A calorie cap of 160 calories across single-serve savoury snacks "without positive nutrition" by 2015 was a particular challenge as a standard bag contains 183 calories and a Grab Bag 264 calories.
Excerpted entirely from Congressional Research Service reports, all of which are available for free on the Web, the seven chapters of this book address a grab bag of current issues concerning the US Government's Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Today, state bond funds are dolled out in a grab bag of local pork projects, literally robbing Piedmont to pay Pasadena.
A new grab bag packed with filled rolls or sandwiches, salad bowls, low-fat crisps and juice drink or water is being offered to pupils across primary schools in Cardiff.