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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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Troop Aid supplies them with the 'basic essentials' in a Grab Bag.
The grab bag was piloted successfully in schools before the summer holidays.
The most profitable Grab Bag firm is AOL/Time Warner with a fiscal 2000 net margin of 18% while the least profitable Grab Bag firm is Viacom, whose 2000 net margin was 3%.
The most profitable approach for Topic content firms is similar to that of the Grab Bag.
The Troop Aid Grab Bags are being sent to destinations all over the world.
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.
We aim to meet any request within 48 hours and there are always 10emergency grab bags stored on the wards just in case.
The aim of Troop Aid is to supply them with the basic essentials in grab bags.
Grab bags are being used in the Field Hospital in Cyprus, Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Ministry of Defence hospital units in Plymouth, Portsmouth, Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Medical Centre ITC Catterick Garrison and MDHU Northallerton.
Kidswear Direct offers grab bags - a great idea which offers kids two T-shirts, check shorts and a cap in a drawstring laundry bag.
Grab Bags are currently being sent to the Field Hospital in Afghanistan, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham plus the Ministry of Defence Hospital Units in Germany, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley and Headley Court.
There are also Grab Bags for injured female service personnel.
The charity has since sent out thousands of emergency Grab Bags to Afghanistan and other parts of the world for use by injured troops.
We have been doing the grab bags for around four years, but we have never used Sainsbury's.
OUR SAY: PAGE 14 Emergency bags filled by volunteers TROOP Aid uses money raised from volunteers to pay for the grab bags.