pot luck

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pot luck

1. A situation or circumstance in which the outcome is uncertain but where one takes a chance in the hopes of achieving a fortunate or beneficial end result. (Used especially in the phrase "take pot luck.") I like to just take pot luck when I travel to new cities and try out whatever local establishments I happen upon. I love going into old antique stores. I know finding something worthwhile is just a bit of pot luck, but it's fun to see all the old things they have!
2. (More often "potluck.") A shared meal in which separate dishes are prepared and/or brought by different individuals; the food that is brought to such a meal. Primarily heard in US. Sarah and I are hosting a pot luck this Saturday, and you are both welcome to join us! Just bring something that we can all share! Potluck dinners are a great way for neighbors or groups of friends to spend time together or get to know each other better. We're just asking guests to bring a bit of pot-luck, nothing fancy!
See also: luck, pot
References in classic literature ?
Grewgious; 'YOU are very kind to join issue with a bachelor in chambers, and take pot-luck.
Hamlin's visit to Titusville Presbyterian, which, along with the pot-luck dinner, is free and open to the public, will kick-off a four-part Sunday sermon series on praying through the season of Advent, which also will begin December 1 and will run Sundays at 10:30 a.
An onlooker said: "It was more than pot-luck to get such a star-studded group - no wonder the girls put themselves in the frame.
Each month, DFW members gather over a pot-luck dinner to learn about programs that foster good health, education and economic self-sufficiency among women in the world's poorest nations.
December 7: Annual Christmas pot-luck lunch from 11:30-14:00; cost is SFr 25 plus a dish that feeds 6 to 8.
Former staff, pupils, parents, governors and parish priests will attend mass at nearby Holy Family Church followed by a pot-luck supper.
A pot-luck luncheon provided by members will conclude the occasion.