a mixed bag
A diverse mixture or group. The conference was a mixed bag of all kinds of different people. I thought that all of my classes this semester would be interesting, but it's really been a mixed bag so far.
a mixed bag
COMMON If something is a mixed bag, it contains things that are of very different types or qualities. The newspapers carry a mixed bag of stories on their front pages. The programmes are a mixed bag as they have to cater for all tastes. Note: The bag referred to here is a hunting bag containing the different kinds of animals and birds that the hunter has shot.
a mixed baga diverse assortment of things or people.
a ˌmixed ˈbag/ˈbunch(informal) a group of people or things of different types or of different abilities: The entries to the competition were a real mixed bag — some excellent, some awful. ♢ This year’s students are rather a mixed bunch.
mixed bag, a
A haphazard collection of objects, people, or categories. This phrase dates from the first half of the 1900s. For example, “Representatives of the press, a mixed bag in age, but not in sex” (A. Behrend, Samurai Affair, 1973), indicates journalists of many different ages but all either male or female.
See also: mixed