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

1585–95; pot1 + luck

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Word Origin & History

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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see take potluck.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
These potluck desserts are the perfect sweets to take to your next party.
The presence of sardines must be a powerful drawcard for predators, for they
  come a long way to dine at the potluck.
We hold a summer potluck with our spouses and a winter dinner and theater
It provides tips on storage, sanitation and cooking to keep potluck food as
  safe as possible.
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