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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.
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mixed bag

a varied collection of people or things. (Refers originally to a bag of game brought home after a day's hunting.) The new students in my class are a mixed bag—some bright, some positively stupid. The furniture I bought is a mixed bag. Some of it is antique and the rest is quite contemporary.
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mixed bag

A heterogeneous collection of people, items, activities, or the like; an assortment. For example, The school offers a mixed bag of after-school activities-team sports, band practice, a language class . This idiom calls up the image of a sack full of different items. [First half of 1900s]
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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.
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a mixed bag

a diverse assortment of things or people.
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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.
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All this carbon and climate hype is coming from politicians who have no knowledge of science and whose advisers are a mixed bunch with not a top energy engineer or serious.
Although even at 2pm, the clientele is a decidedly mixed bunch.
And buyers were a mixed bunch, from the local downsizers and commuter couples spending from pounds 250,000 to the family who bought the million pound mansion.
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Best of an extremely mixed bunch is the first story, by David Brucker, which focuses on a strange young woman who reveals a taste for blood when she goes to a party with three VOYEURistic frat boys in a motel.
Members are a mixed bunch from different walks of life who meet regularly to enjoy a laugh and lively banter.
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