grab bag

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grab bag a container from which a person draws a wrapped item at random without knowing the contents
    • n grab bag an assortment of miscellaneous items
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A guy wearing pantyhose on his face tried to rob a store in a mall. When security came, he quickly grabbed a shopping bag and pretended to be shopping, forgetting that he was still wearing the pantyhose. He was captured and his loot was returned to the store.
    • Grab bag at fairs, a bag or box holding small articles which are to be drawn, without being seen, on payment of a small sum.
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Usage

In literature:

The wolverine looked around and saw that no one was near, so he sneaked in and grabbed the bag.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
Papa Fox stole up softly behind her and grabbed her and put her into the bag on his back; then he ran quickly off down the hill toward his home.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
It was like a grab-bag, but glorified and raised to a more generous level.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
I let it lie there, and dashing back into the other section of trench grabbed my bags and returned.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Well, he took me in for oysters and bought me candy and three turns at the grab bag.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
One never knew what one would draw out of the camp grab-bag.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
He ran into a room and grabbed a small bag which lay in readiness.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
He grabbed the ball and dived desperately between the runner and the bag.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
A kind of grab-bag box, with clothes and whatever we can think of.
"Hildegarde's Harvest" by Laura E. Richards
Jason fought me like a little tiger; but grabbing him by the hair, I held the bag on with all my might.
"Mothering on Perilous" by Lucy S. Furman
We had a fish pond, a grab-bag and a post-office.
"Village Life in America 1852-1872" by Caroline Cowles Richards
I ran toward her, waving off the boy who rushed to grab my bag.
"The Idyl of Twin Fires" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Then he sent his footman and the car for her; and drew Lord Dankmere out of the grab-bag, to his infinite annoyance.
"The Streets of Ascalon" by Robert W. Chambers
Then, just as I was sitting down on a chair, he grabbed the bag and shoved it under me, like lightning.
"Four and Twenty Beds" by Nancy Vogel
Roommates ought to be carefully chosen; one should not just trust to this grab-bag method.
"At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
I've laid that big bag where we can grab it up on the run, and I saw you fixing the ropes handy.
"Camp Fires of the Wolf Patrol" by Alan Douglas
One little girl has to be dragged up to the grab-bag.
"Out of Mulberry Street" by Jacob A. Riis
The cat was almost out of the bag when I grabbed it by its tail and pulled it back.
"Daddy Long-Legs" by Jean Webster
So finally Mrs. Kiljohn took the coffee, and the Lemmon girls took the grab-bag.
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin
It was like a grab-bag.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
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In news:

Don't get yourself dirty carrying wood to the fire, grab a reuseable shopping bag and some scissors.
Covering Seattle news, weather, arts and conversation , along with a grab bag of stuff that's just plain interesting.
Covering Seattle news, weather, arts and conversation, along with a grab bag of stuff that's just plain interesting.
OLDIES 98-3 HOLIDAY GRAB BAG.
A grab-bag of the newest and best marine technology.
Listen to 103GBF During the 'World Ending' Grab Bag Weekend to score tickets to the May 28th May Day Festival in Indianapolis.
Grab and Go bags in December.
So as we are getting ready for the Mommy and Me Expo this Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center I grabbed one of the goody bags.
Barry Diller finally decided yesterday to see if the parts of IAC /InterActiveCorp, his grab bag of Internet companies and services, are greater than the whole.
The Redskins rule is part of a grab-bag of omens , from the World Series outcome to the performance of the stock market, that are being tested this year.
You grab the Ostrich , a cross between a pillow and a sleeping bag.
Instead of using hinged boxes for grab and go we went to a plastic bag with a lip that you tape down.
Loaded down with shopping bags, she asked me to grab her purse and carry it over to a new spot across the plaza.
You grab the Ostrich, a cross between a pillow and a sleeping bag.
Mitt Romney grabs a bag of food before leaving a campaign event at Stepto's Bar B Q Shack in Evansville, Indiana, August 4, 2012.
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In science:

First, while we are beginning to understand some of the patterns and statistical regularities in the structure of realworld networks, our techniques for analyzing networks are at present no more than a grab-bag of miscellaneous and largely unrelated tools.
The structure and function of complex networks
Your grandmother’s Solar system: outside the Sun, 9 ob jects worthy of names and a grab-bag full of insignificant things called “Other”.
Icy Bodies in the New Solar System
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