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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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whistle-stop tour on the 42nd anniversary of the release of his 1974 film Blazing Saddles, which late critic Roger Ebert first described as "a crazed grab-bag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken.
Research also discovered around one-third of the population (36 per cent) keeps a grab-bag of essential items in case of disaster.
The charity has supported me all through my recovery process - from giving me a grab-bag on the plane back to Britain to paying for the rehabilitation centre at Headley Court.
He chose chardonnay and pinot noir at a time when other area vintners were employing a grab-bag approach, growing riesling, gewurztraminer, merlot, cabernet sauvignon.
If you're never drawn to the tub in your own bathroom, despite its whirlpool features and the gallon of fine bath salts you got from your company's Christmas grab-bag, you can probably skip the hydrotherapy treatments.
To this evaluation he adds new, undeveloped claims about the growing confidence of doctors in their healing powers following plague, and assembles a grab-bag of loosely related questions about cultural and psychological responses to epidemics over time.
Kwoks Foods Ltd, a leading UK supplier of oriental ready meals, is expanding its factory five fold, following the success of its grab-bag meal range, which it launched only a few years ago.
The publications include such teaching activities as multilevel crossword puzzles, multilevel dictation, a grammar grab-bag, role play games, an ESL board game, and a newspaper search activity.
Fuller deftly ties the grab-bag together with his own opening and closing thoughts on the philosophical and political tension between allowing free-thinkers to experiment and maintaining a community commitment to free and equitable education for all.
Not to omit David Lynch: Lost Highway could easily pass for a belated, flesh-color variation on Branded to Kill, with Lynch's erotic-paranoid methodology closer to Suzuki's grab-bag poetic dissociation than the intellectualized sleaze of even Nagisa Oshima's celebrated Cruel Story of Youth (1960).
Mary Abbott has compiled a fascinating grab-bag of information about living and dying in Elizabethan and Stuart England.
I don't like the grab-bag approach, the shifts in tone and style, the repetition of examples and arguments.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board has voted to begin selling real estate users that include its Madison Avenue office buildings and a grab-bag of other properties and development rights.
Elsewhere in MSFT's sentiment grab-bag, short interest rose by six percent over the past month to 122 million shares.
Dedicated to Anthony Minghella, who so sadly died the week before Easter 2008, this second in the 'Cities of Love' series is lighter than the first grab-bag of shorts, Paris, Je t'aime.