Definition of pot luck in English:

pot luck


  • 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’
    • ‘She said: ‘It's pot luck really, like winning the Lottery.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You take pot luck, but are unlikely to be disappointed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Presumably, everybody just took pot luck… right?’
    • ‘He said: ‘You just take pot luck if you get beaten.’’
    • ‘It's just a case of pot luck whether you buy it or not.’
    • ‘It means that, when I need someone, they come recommended and I don't have to take pot luck with the Yellow Pages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each one is pre-programmed to have a different temperament, some will be really placid, others will cry all night, it is pot luck.’
    • ‘‘We can't just rely on pot luck or someone just arriving on the doorstep,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘An analogy of the coating layer is Jell-O: remember all those potlucks where a Jell-O dish featured fruit suspended in green gelatin?’
      • ‘The idea was to throw a dinner party where everyone would bring a dish, à la potluck.’
      • ‘You wouldn't want to arrive at a potluck with no covered dish, now would you?’
      • ‘At $5.75 an order they'd be a genius thing to bring to a potluck, too.’
      • ‘The next alteration came when I was supposed to bring a dish to a company potluck.’
      • ‘Instead of bringing food to the potluck, they take it home.’
      • ‘The potluck involves each guest preparing and bringing a dish to the event, to be shared by all the diners.’
      • ‘They built halls to serve as language schools and as places for dramas, films, judo lessons, poetry readings, potlucks, and parties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you hope the party will rage into lunch, make it a potluck.’
      • ‘Last weekend I was at a pot luck and the host put on Red Hash.’
      • ‘Bring a favorite low sodium dish to a pot luck, especially if you expect few other low sodium choices.’
      • ‘The exchange and potlucks woo people who want to interact in a neighborly way.’
      • ‘And here I am stuck at my office's stupid summer pot luck!’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘So, where we used to have meetings with an action agenda, we're now having potlucks so people can feel safe coming together.’
      • ‘That is done at PTA meetings, Kiwanis clubs and neighborhood potlucks.’
      • ‘Make the meals potluck to ease the burden of cooking for large numbers.’
      • ‘Afterwards, we've organized a crabapple tree planting and then a potluck at 5: 00.’


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