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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How to use potluck in a sentence
If you sit next to her at a pot luck dinner, would you enjoy hanging out with her?
Thats trueI said I would take pot luck and teach the scouts many camping tricks to boot!Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Many's the time I've hadshort rations, and I can take pot-luck with any man.The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
Then take pot luck with us and pay me by escorting my business conscience home.The Readjustment | Will Irwin
There were many officers among them who took pot luck with the men, for there was no special accommodation.With an Ambulance During the Franco-German War | Charles Edward Ryan
We keep the phrase pot luck; but, for most of those who use it, it has parted with all its meaning.Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine | William Carew Hazlitt
British Dictionary definitions for pot luck
whatever food happens to be available without special preparation
(as modifier): a pot-luck dinner
whatever is available (esp in the phrase take pot luck)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with potluck
see take potluck.
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