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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

pot luck

Also, potluck. Describing whatever food may be available for or contributed to a meal. The term dates from the second half of the eighteenth century and can be used adjectivally, as in “We’re having a pot luck supper; bring whatever you want,” or as a noun “You’ll just have to take pot luck.” It alludes to whatever is in the cooking pot. It also has been used figuratively for taking one’s chances on issues other than food. For example, “With the snowstorm canceling all flights, you’ll just have to take pot luck on other means of transportation.”
See also: luck, pot
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MERIDIAN'S YANKEE Six doubles four trebles and an accumulator: Toy Gun (2.30, nap), Hard Ball (1.20 Southwell, nb), Shadows Lengthen (3.20 Southwell) and Freedom Flying (3.40 Leicester) ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: SHADOWS LENGTHEN (3.20 Southwell) KLONDYKE INGLEBY ARCH (2.50 Southwell) PROFIT'S REALITY (3.20 Southwell) WEDDING DREAM (4.20 Southwell) POT LUCK Leicester placepot 1.40 - 7; 2.10 - 1, 5; 2.40 - 1; 3.10 - 2; 3.40 - 3, 6; 4.10 - 4, 7.
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: CAPRICORNUS (6.35 Wolves) KLONDYKE TOTAL IMPACT (1.30 Lingfield) RUBENSTAR (2.00 Lingfield) CARMENERO (7.05 Wolves) POT LUCK Catterick placepot 12.50 - 3, 4; 1.20 - 4; 1.50 - 4, 6; 2.20 - 1, 2; 2.55 - 3; 3.30 - 1.
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: CHALICE WELCOME (5.20 Wolverhampton) KLONDYKE TURF TIME (2.50 Wolves) ROCK A DOODLE DOO (3.20 Wolves) CAPTAIN SMOOTHY (4.00 Fakenham) POT LUCK Fakenham placepot 1.30 - 2; 2.00 - 1, 2; 2.30 - 3; 3.00 - 8; 3.30 - 5, 6; 4.00 - 1, 5.
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: STYLE AWARD (12.30 Lingfield) KLONDYKE STYLE AWARD (12.30 Lingfield) WALDVOGEL (2.30 Lingfield) BIG NIGE (3.00 Lingfield) POT LUCK Lingfield placepot 12.30 - 5; 1.00 - 10; 1.30 - 1, 2; 2.00 - 1, 5; 2.30 -6; 3.00 - 4, 7.
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: POYLE MEG (5.20 Kempton) KLONDYKE ELUSIVE FAME (1.00 Lingfield) DREAM OF FORTUNE (1.30 Lingfield) BATCHWORTH BLAISE (3.30 Lingfield) POT LUCK Lingfield placepot 12.30 - 8; 1.00 - 4; 1.30 -1; 2.00 - 1, 2; 2.30 - 3, 7; 3.00 - 2, 7.
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ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: SHAKE ON IT (4.35 Wolverhampton) KLONDYKE WUNDER STRIKE (1.55 Wolverhampton) IF I WERE A BOY (4.05 Wolverhampton) STERNLIGHT (5.05 Wolverhampton) POT LUCK Wolverhampton placepot 1.55 - 1, 9; 2.30 - 7; 3.05 - 8; 3.35 - 2; 4.05 - 2, 3; 4.35 - 1, 6.
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ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: CARRICKMINES (2.50 Warwick) KLONDYKE ITS A CLASSIC (1.50 Warwick) MISS OVERDRIVE (2.20 Warwick) POCKET'S PICK (3.00 Lingfield) POT LUCK Warwick placepot 12.50 - 1, 13; 1.20 - 3; 1.50 - 2; 2.20 - 2, 10; 2.50 - 3; 3.20 - 6, 11.
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: OWEN GLENDOWER (3.55 Taunton) KLONDYKE WOTASHIRTFULL (1.20 Lingfield) DEN'S GIFT (3.35 Lingfield) RESPLENDENT NOVA (9.20 Kempton) POT LUCK Taunton placepot 12.40 - 2; 1.10 - 1; 1.40 -7, 9; 2.15 - 1, 7; 2.50 - 7, 12; 3.25 - 6.
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: MANYRIVERSTOCROSS (2.05 Newbury) KLONDYKE DAVE'S DREAM (12.00 Newbury) CARRUTHERS (1.00 Newbury) REVE DE SIVOLA (2.05 Newbury) POT LUCK Newbury placepot 12.00 - 2; 12.30 - 4, 9; 1.00 - 1; 1.30 - 2; 2.05 -5, 7; 2.40 - 1, 2.
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: TARATEENO (2.15 Uttoxeter) KLONDYKE VOLADOR (12.45 Ascot) SUNTINI (1.20 Ascot) TRIGGERMAN (3.40 Ascot) POT LUCK Ascot placepot 12.45 - 5, 14; 1.20 - 1; 1.55 - 1; 2.30 - 1, 3; 3.05 - 3; 3.40 - 2, 7.