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potluck

[ pot-luhk, -luhk ]
/ ˈpɒtˌlʌk, -ˈlʌk /
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noun

food or a meal that happens to be available without special preparation or purchase: to take potluck with a friend.
Also called potluck supper, potluck dinner, potluck lunch . a meal, especially for a large group, to which participants bring various foods to be shared.
whatever is available or comes one's way: With fluctuating interest rates, homebuyers are learning to take potluck with the banks.

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Origin of potluck

First recorded in 1585–95; pot1 + luck
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British Dictionary definitions for potluck

pot luck

noun informal

  1. whatever food happens to be available without special preparation
  2. (as modifier)a pot-luck dinner
whatever is available (esp in the phrase take pot luck)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with potluck

potluck

see take potluck.

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