potluck

[pot-luhk, -luhk]
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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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Contemporary Examples of potluck

  • He loved that idea, and suggested a potluck dinner of sushi and strawberry smoothies and readings from our favorite books.

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    My Post-Ultra-Orthodox Wedding

    Leah Vincent

    March 21, 2014

Historical Examples of potluck

  • Him that draws most of the potluck in this world is the same that drops most in.

    The Belted Seas

    Arthur Colton


Word Origin and History for 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 potluck

potluck

see take potluck.

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