Do you mean that my father was mixed up like those old Indians?

Look out you don't get mixed up in it yourself, that's all I ask.

The little leaven was now mixed with his life, which would leaven the whole.

I would rather you should not have a situation at all, than get mixed up with bad companions.

At the next water, he mixed some of the meal into a gruel and ate it.

It is most seldom that a person feels so mixed like that; and it is not to be recommended, either.

Stir in at the last a table-spoonful of mixed nutmeg and cinnamon.

Add five table-spoonfuls of cream, and a tea-spoonful of mixed spice.

Tito's mane bristled with mixed feelings at the sight of one of her own kind.

He mixed but little with the "Boys," but the latter respected him for his manly qualities.


mid-15c., from past participle of mix (v.). Mixed blessing from 1933. Mixed marriage is from 1690s (originally in a religious context; racial sense was in use by 1942 in U.S., though mixed breed in reference to mulattoes is found by 1775). Mixed bag "heterogeneous collection" is from 1936. Mixed up is from 1884 as "confused," from 1862 as "involved."

Mixed drink in the modern liquor sense is recorded by 1868; the thing itself is older; Bartlett (1859) lists sixty names "given to the various compounds or mixtures of spirituous liquors and wines served up in fashionable bar rooms in the United States," all from a single advertisement. The list includes Tippe na Pecco, Moral suasion, Vox populi, Jewett's fancy, Ne plus ultra, Shambro, Virginia fancy, Stone wall, Smasher, Slingflip, Pig and whistle, Cocktail, Phlegm-cutter, Switchel flip, Tip and Ty, Ching-ching, Fiscal agent, Slip ticket, Epicure's punch.


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