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grab bag

1. A bag or other container 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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Boohoo circle trim mini grab bag, left, currently reduced to PS14.40 from PS18
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.
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Troop Aid supplies them with the 'basic essentials' in a Grab Bag.
The items are packed in a Grab Bag that contains washing and shaving kit, towel, face flannel, shower mules, socks, underwear, t-shirt and shorts.
Everymonth an additional 100 grab bags are sent out to Iraq and Afghanistan to help support injured British troops in field hospitals.
Grab Bags are currently being used in the field hospital in Cyprus, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the Ministry of Defence hospital units in Plymouth, Portsmouth, Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Medical Centre ITC Catterick Garrison and MDHU Northallerton.
Main, Madras check vest, from pounds 5.99, skirt, from pounds 7.99 - Woolworths (available from April); top, grab bags in green, navy or red.
WYLDE Green Rotarians have continued their support for injured troops by packing grab bags for the charity Troop Aid.
The charity distributes 'grab bags' to service men and women, helping those who fight for our country when they need it most.
WYLDE Green Rotarians have continued their support for our injured troops by packing Grab Bags for the charity Troop Aid.
Wylde Green Rotary Club have been packing "grab bags" for military charity Troop Aid.
The charity has since sent out thousands of emergency Grab Bags to Afghanistan and other parts of the world for use by injured troops.
These grab bags contain two pairs of underwear, a face flannel, a small towel, a T-shirt, a pair of football shorts, shower gel, deodorant, a fusion razor, a toothbrush, toothpastes, a pen, a note book, a Get Well card and a compliments slip which states 'This is a Gift From a Grateful Nat ion'.
Jessica Linley, a student from Nottingham, helped prepare 'grab bags' - which are full of essentials such as clothes and toiletries - at Solihull charity Troop Aid yesterday.