hotchpot

hotchpot

[hoch-pot]
noun Law.
the bringing together of shares or properties in order to divide them equally, especially when they are to be divided among the children of a parent dying intestate.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English hochepot < Anglo-French, literally, shake-pot. See hotch, pot1

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hotchpot (ˈhɒtʃˌpɒt)
 
n
property law the collecting of property so that it may be redistributed in equal shares, esp on the intestacy of a parent who has given property to his children in his lifetime
 
[C14: from Old French hochepot, from hocher to shake, of Germanic origin + pot1]

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