Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(a) mixed bag

mixed baga mixed bag
Meaning(s)
1) an assortment of different things or people, containing both positive and negative aspects
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    • the weather was a mixed bag
  • Analysis

    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'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The weather today was a bit of a mixed bag. It started off sunny, but by early evening it began to rain heavily.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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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