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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
References in classic literature ?
In short, he plainly hinted that we could not possibly do better than try pot-luck at the Try Pots.
Grewgious; 'YOU are very kind to join issue with a bachelor in chambers, and take pot-luck. And I'll ask,' said Mr.
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.m.
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."
HEROES Ken with his mum Rose and snooker stars POT-LUCK Doherty and the girls TABLE MANNERS Grace and Tiffany at snooker academy launch yesterday
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.
Organised through Scouse Veg - the Merseyside branch of the Vegetarian Society - the "pot-luck picnic" took place at Ness Gardens on Saturday afternoon, with people bringing a selection of food.
Under the Breaking Bread for Afghan Women initiative, a total of 270 pot-luck dinners or community events have been hosted by Canadians over the past two years.
Former staff, pupils, parents, governors and parish priests will attend mass at nearby Holy Family Church followed by a pot-luck supper.