pot luck

potluck

[pot-luhk, -luhk]
noun
1.
food or a meal that happens to be available without special preparation or purchase: to take potluck with a friend.
2.
Also called potluck supper, potluck dinner, potluck lunch. a meal, especially for a large group, to which participants bring various foods to be shared.
3.
whatever is available or comes one's way: With fluctuating interest rates, homebuyers are learning to take potluck with the banks.

Origin:
1585–95; pot1 + luck

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pot luck
 
n
1.  a.  whatever food happens to be available without special preparation
 b.  (as modifier): a pot-luck dinner
2.  whatever is available (esp in the phrase take pot luck)

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potluck
1592, from pot (1) + luck, with notion of "one's luck or chance as to what may be in the pot."
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