Grab bag
Grab Grab, n. 1. A sudden grasp or seizure. [1913 Webster]

2. An instrument for clutching objects for the purpose of raising them; -- specially applied to devices for withdrawing drills, etc., from artesian and other wells that are drilled, bored, or driven. [1913 Webster]

{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. [Colloq.]

{Grab game}, a theft committed by grabbing or snatching a purse or other piece of property. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • grab bag — grab bags 1) N COUNT A grab bag is a game in which you take a prize out of a container full of hidden prizes. [AM] (in BRIT, use lucky dip) 2) N COUNT: usu N of n A grab bag of things, ideas, or people is a varied group of them. ...a fascinating… …   English dictionary

  • grab bag — grab .bag n AmE 1.) a container filled with small presents that you put your hand in to pick one out British Equivalent: lucky dip 2.) [singular] a mixture of different things or styles grab bag of ▪ The treaty covers a grab bag of issues. 3.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grab-bag — miscellaneous mixture, 1854, originally a carnival game; from GRAB (Cf. grab) + BAG (Cf. bag) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • grab-bag — grabˈ bag noun 1. A bag or other receptacle for miscellaneous articles 2. A bag from which gifts are drawn (US; also figurative) • • • Main Entry: ↑grab …   Useful english dictionary

  • grab bag — grab ,bag noun count AMERICAN 1. ) a container at parties from which people choose one of many small gifts hidden inside. 2. ) a mixture of things that have not been put together carefully: RAGBAG: Their latest manifesto is really just a grab bag …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grab bag — grab′ bag n. 1) a bag or container from which a person, as at a party, draws a gift without knowing what it is 2) any miscellaneous collection • Etymology: 1850–55, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • grab bag — ☆ grab bag n. 1. a container holding various wrapped or bagged articles that are sold unseen: the buyer draws one at random and pays a fixed price 2. something like this in having a variety of things …   English World dictionary

  • grab bag — {n.} 1. A bag from which surprise packages are chosen; a bag in which there are many unknown things. * /The woman paid a quarter for a chance at the grab bag./ * /The children brought packages to be sold from the grab bag at the school carnival./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • grab bag — {n.} 1. A bag from which surprise packages are chosen; a bag in which there are many unknown things. * /The woman paid a quarter for a chance at the grab bag./ * /The children brought packages to be sold from the grab bag at the school carnival./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • grab\ bag — noun 1. A bag from which surprise packages are chosen; a bag in which there are many unknown things. The woman paid a quarter for a chance at the grab bag. The children brought packages to be sold from the grab bag at the school carnival. 2. A… …   Словарь американских идиом

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