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take pot luck
To select blindly from the available options in the hopes of achieving a fortunate or beneficial end result. I like to just take pot luck when I travel to new cities and try out whatever local establishments I happen upon.
Come to eat whatever happens to be served; also, take one's chances. For example, You're welcome to join us for supper but you'll have to take potluck, or When the flight was canceled, passengers had to take potluck on other airlines. This idiom alludes to accepting whatever happens to be in the cooking pot. [Second half of 1700s]
take pot luck
COMMON If you take pot luck, you make a choice from what is available although you do not have any knowledge to help you. Note: `Pot luck' is usually written as `potluck' in American English. We'd take potluck at whatever restaurants might still be open. Just leave the highway, drive out into the country, pick on a small town and take pot luck. Note: You can say that something is pot luck when it is a matter of luck whether you get something good. The major stores change their products regularly, so finding good deals is pot luck. Note: You can also use pot-luck before a noun. Travel firms are offering great holidays on a pot-luck basis.
take pot lucktake a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable.
The original idea behind the expression is of someone invited to an ordinary everyday family meal which will consist of whatever happens to be in the cooking pot that day.