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potluck

[pot-luhk, -luhk] /ˈpɒtˌlʌk, -ˈlʌk/
noun
1.
food or a meal that happens to be available without special preparation or purchase:
to take potluck with a friend.
2.
Also called potluck supper, potluck dinner, potluck lunch. a meal, especially for a large group, to which participants bring various foods to be shared.
3.
whatever is available or comes one's way:
With fluctuating interest rates, homebuyers are learning to take potluck with the banks.
Origin of potluck
1585-1595
1585-95; pot1 + luck
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  • To look at their choice, they would always seem to have fired recklessly into the brown and got pot luck.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • He said that he was very much “obleeged” and stayed and passed his plate a second time for more of our very fine “pot luck.”

    Village Life in America 1852-1872 Caroline Cowles Richards
  • We were just sitting down to dinner so Grandfather asked him to stay and have “pot luck” with us.

    Village Life in America 1852-1872 Caroline Cowles Richards
  • Literally ‘pot luck,’ I mean, for the piece de resistance will be two huge pots of baked beans.

    The Girls of Hillcrest Farm Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Come with me and I will give you pot luck until six o'clock, then you'll get your dinner, and not a minute sooner.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for pot luck

pot luck

noun (informal)
1.
  1. whatever food happens to be available without special preparation
  2. (as modifier): a pot-luck dinner
2.
whatever is available (esp in the phrase take pot luck)
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Word Origin and History for pot luck

potluck

n.

also pot-luck, 1590s, from pot (n.1) + luck; with notion of "one's luck or chance as to what may be in the pot." As an adjective from 1775.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pot luck

potluck

adverb phrase

: Come on and dine pot luck

modifier

: pot-luck supper

noun phrase

A meal composed of odds and ends of leftovers, or of whatever turns up (1600+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with pot luck

potluck

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