Whitman's sampler

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Whitman's sampler

1. A box of assorted chocolates made by Whitman's, a US confectionary. Primarily heard in US. I'm bringing a Whitman's sampler to the dinner tonight. I love chocolate, so I was thrilled that my boyfriend gave me a Whitman's sampler for Valentine's Day!
2. By extension, an assortment of something. Primarily heard in US. Boy, this recital is a real Whitman's sampler—a piano virtuoso was just followed by a bunch of kids murdering "Hot Cross Buns" on the flute. The client wants a lot of options, so be sure to give him a Whitman's sampler of designs.
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Fine, but is it okay if I only spring for a Whitman's Sampler or an Elvis CD?
Six guys sharing a house on Fire Island for the summer--it's a setup that has spun off an entire subgenre of gay plays and novels, complete with its own conventions and cliches: There will be a Whitman's Sampler of types, including the New Kid, the House Mother, the Aging Queen, the New Age Air-head, the Neurotic Chub, and the Stud, who naturally gets the Twink, whom everyone lusts for.
Happily, we brave these exhibitions with all the trepidation of picking through a Whitman's sampler because: 1) we're curious, 2) new talent and ideas are intriguing, and 3) hey, these are shorts.