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Set expression: Mixed bag #1 (permalink) Mon Oct 25, 2004 19:42 pm   Set expression: Mixed bag
 

Test No. incompl/elem-23 "On TV tonight", question 2

It will be a bit of a mixed ..........

(a) sack
(b) holder
(c) container
(d) bag

Test No. incompl/elem-23 "On TV tonight", answer 2

It will be a bit of a mixed bag.

Correct answer: (d) bag

Your answer was: incorrect
It will be a bit of a mixed sack.
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Why word sack does't fit in here?

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Mixed bag #2 (permalink) Mon Oct 25, 2004 19:57 pm   Mixed bag
 

That's the set expression.

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Set expression: Mixed bag #3 (permalink) Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:10 am   Set expression: Mixed bag
 

Hi Alan! "a mixed bag" means various things or many kinds of things?? Do I understand right?
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Set expression: Mixed bag #4 (permalink) Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:23 am   Set expression: Mixed bag
 

Hi,

Yes, that's right. A mixed bag a variety of things. It is often used to describe things that are not of very good quality or that no one thing is exceptional. You could also use this expression with reference to people as when you have advertised a job and the applicants for the job are referred to as 'a bit of a mixed bag' - very ordinary and no-one outstanding.

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Set expression: Mixed bag #5 (permalink) Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:13 am   Set expression: Mixed bag
 

can we use it only "mixed bag" without the "a bit of"?
is it wrong ?
ex: all these goods are like a mixed bag
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Set expression: Mixed bag #6 (permalink) Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:07 am   Set expression: Mixed bag
 

What is the meaning of sack?
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Set expression: Mixed bag #7 (permalink) Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:34 am   Set expression: Mixed bag
 

Hi,

'Sack' is a large bag that could contain coal or a lot of potatoes.

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'Mixed bag' #8 (permalink) Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:46 am   'Mixed bag'
 

So, that sentence has a meaning as an idiom or an expression. Am I right? I'm not familiar with British English Idioms. I usually watch american movies, and learn some of american idioms. Could you please teach me more about idioms or expressions?
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Set expression: Mixed bag #9 (permalink) Fri Sep 28, 2012 14:41 pm   Set expression: Mixed bag
 

A bit of a mixed bag is a set expression. Thank you Allan! :-)

Shanghai in 1930's is a place which is like a bit of a mixed bag.
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