(a) mixed bag


1. an assortment of different things or people, containing both positive and negative aspects






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the weather was a mixed bag

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If you describe something as 'a mixed bag' it means an assortment of things or a diverse array of things or people. When something is referred to as 'a mixed bag' it usually contains both positive and negative aspects of something. This is a casual expression used more in informal contexts. Similar in meaning to 'a variety', 'an assortment' and 'a mixture'.

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  1. The weather today was a bit of a mixed bag. It started off sunny, but by early evening it began to rain heavily.

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  1. There's a real mixed bag of people in the office. It's nice to work in such a diverse group.
  2. In his performance review, Adam was told that his work lately has been a mixed bag. While he had done well in certain aspects, he had struggled badly in others.

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