potluck

[pot-luhk, -luhk]
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

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

pot luck

noun informal
    1. whatever food happens to be available without special preparation
    2. (as modifier)a pot-luck dinner
  1. 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

Idioms and Phrases with pot luck

potluck

see take potluck.

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