Mixed bag

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Mixed bag is an idiom. We will examine the meaning of the idiomatic phrase mixed bag, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

A mixed bag describes a set of items or a situation that consists of a random assortment. A mixed bag usually contains positive and negative aspects, items that are unrelated or only tangentially related, or items that must be dealt with in different ways. The term mixed bag is an idiom that came into use around the turn of the twentieth century and is derived from a hunting term. The hunting term mixed bag refers to an assortment of bird species killed in one hunting session and put together in the same hunting bag. The plural form of mixed bag is mixed bags.


Citing local weather forecasts, he expected a “mixed bag” Monday, with clouds delivering darker conditions along the western side of the Cascades. (The Baltimore Sun)

Even Topol, the author of “Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again,” acknowledges that many AI products are little more than hot air. “It’s a mixed bag,” he said. (Scientific American)

The answer is probably a bit of a mixed bag but the reality is we all live digital lives whether we want to or not. (Forbes Magazine)