Definition of pot luck in English:

pot luck

noun

  • 1A situation in which one must take a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable.

    ‘he could take pot luck in a town not noted for its restaurants’
    • ‘Not knowing which teams will be based where means that supporters have had to take pot luck in the hope of getting to see their national side play.’
    • ‘Each one is pre-programmed to have a different temperament, some will be really placid, others will cry all night, it is pot luck.’
    • ‘There is always an element of pot luck with casting, but in this case that was heightened: there were a million Afghan refugees in the area, and we could have picked any two.’
    • ‘She said: ‘It's pot luck really, like winning the Lottery.’’
    • ‘He said: ‘I travelled from Castleford and took my pot luck along with everyone else but it makes my blood boil when I see tickets now on sale for up to four times their face value.’’
    • ‘You take pot luck, but are unlikely to be disappointed.’
    • ‘Now the new faceless system which involves much ringing, waiting and a certain amount of pot luck has worried doctors so much they have decided to opt out of the system.’
    • ‘My hours won't make it feasible to use Park & Ride, so I'm going to have to take pot luck on the streets, but I could have to walk a long way during dark nights to get to my car.’
    • ‘It means that, when I need someone, they come recommended and I don't have to take pot luck with the Yellow Pages.’
    • ‘He said: ‘You just take pot luck if you get beaten.’’
    • ‘Whether you enjoy attentive nurses, a proper diet and clean wards is simply pot luck.’
    • ‘So whatever that has transpired since is mostly pot luck that events that happened around me decided to brew up and guess I have made a reasonably good meal of it.’
    • ‘The only people who know they will be able to get tickets is the 17,000 season ticket holders and then it will be pot luck for everyone else.’
    • ‘Presumably, everybody just took pot luck… right?’
    • ‘It's just a case of pot luck whether you buy it or not.’
    • ‘Sometimes I let the mp3 player handle this at random so it's pot luck; other times I specify a track that I know will get me all focused.’
    • ‘‘We can't just rely on pot luck or someone just arriving on the doorstep,’ he said.’
    • ‘Find a game dealer you can trust; all too often with venison it is pot luck, but with new rules on handling and traceability coming soon, things should improve.’
    • ‘‘I only play Lotto occasionally so I suppose you could say it was pure pot luck that I won,’ he said.’
    • ‘It had been decided to introduce a single queue system, so that customers were seen in order of coming into the bank, rather than taking pot luck in separate queues.’
    risk, gamble, hazard, venture, speculation, long shot, leap in the dark, pig in a poke, lottery
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    1. 1.1North American A meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish.
      as modifier ‘a potluck supper’
      • ‘Ecovillage neighbors gather for Sunday potlucks and spontaneous midweek meals in the courtyard garden or lobby.’
      • ‘I dreaded the invitation list and the seating chart - why can't wedding receptions be a potluck in the park?’
      • ‘Bring a favorite low sodium dish to a pot luck, especially if you expect few other low sodium choices.’
      • ‘You wouldn't want to arrive at a potluck with no covered dish, now would you?’
      • ‘An analogy of the coating layer is Jell-O: remember all those potlucks where a Jell-O dish featured fruit suspended in green gelatin?’
      • ‘At $5.75 an order they'd be a genius thing to bring to a potluck, too.’
      • ‘Instead of bringing food to the potluck, they take it home.’
      • ‘Afterwards, we've organized a crabapple tree planting and then a potluck at 5: 00.’
      • ‘The idea was to throw a dinner party where everyone would bring a dish, à la potluck.’
      • ‘If you hope the party will rage into lunch, make it a potluck.’
      • ‘The exchange and potlucks woo people who want to interact in a neighborly way.’
      • ‘Last weekend I was at a pot luck and the host put on Red Hash.’
      • ‘So, where we used to have meetings with an action agenda, we're now having potlucks so people can feel safe coming together.’
      • ‘They built halls to serve as language schools and as places for dramas, films, judo lessons, poetry readings, potlucks, and parties.’
      • ‘Make the meals potluck to ease the burden of cooking for large numbers.’
      • ‘The potluck involves each guest preparing and bringing a dish to the event, to be shared by all the diners.’
      • ‘That is done at PTA meetings, Kiwanis clubs and neighborhood potlucks.’
      • ‘It is a must read for anyone who has ever confronted debates over how to serve communion, participated in church fund raisers, or seen the hand of God at work at a church pot luck.’
      • ‘The next alteration came when I was supposed to bring a dish to a company potluck.’
      • ‘And here I am stuck at my office's stupid summer pot luck!’

Pronunciation

pot luck

/ˈpɒtlʌk//pɒtˈlʌk/