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
This event is a potluck event, but guests who cannot bring an item are encouraged to still attend the event.
The pairs got together monthly to work on projects, have potlucks with the children and their parents and go on field trips.Chula Vista Already Had Community Schools – Nearly 50 Years Ago | Jakob McWhinney | October 13, 2022 | Voice of San Diego
In 2019, the first year Dream of Wild Health had a dedicated seed regeneration team, Jessika Greendeer stepped into the heirloom garden and plucked a squash for a potluck.Indigenous farmers are ‘rematriating’ centuries-old seeds to plant a movement | Kalen Goodluck | February 10, 2022 | Popular-Science
He also managed to marry Daniela and start a family with her in California, where we continue our Orphan’s potluck tradition to this day.Martha Stewart’s Mac and Cheese Is the Greatest Thanksgiving Side Dish Ever Made | Jamie Feldmar | November 15, 2021 | Eater
I decided that the best way is to have y’all over for a potluck picnic here at my house, anytime between noon and 4 on Saturday, July 3.Style Conversational Week 1440: Start singin’ the news | Pat Myers | June 10, 2021 | Washington Post
He loved that idea, and suggested a potluck dinner of sushi and strawberry smoothies and readings from our favorite books.
So, offer to bring a gorgeous pie (or cobbler, crisp, crumble, tart, compote or charlotte) to your next potluck invite.
Him that draws most of the potluck in this world is the same that drops most in.The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
Declining reluctantly an invitation to take potluck with my host, I was soon in the Avenue of the Sphinx again.The Ways of Men | Eliot Gregory
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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