Expressions with LUCK – Take Pot Luck
Some people seem to be “born lucky” everything always goes well for them, some others have ” beginners luck“, others just seem to be “down on their luck” and there are even some who hope that with any luck things will be OK
Luck is a word that is used a lot in everyday English language.
Take pot luck means: to risk the outcome, to leave your chances of good fortune to luck.
This expression dates back a few hundred years when families had a big pot of food over or near the fire all the time. Some days they would add some carrots, other days some herbs, maybe another they would put some rabbit in it. This meant that the ingredients in the pot changed from day to day depending on what animals they had caught or what vegetables and herbs were available. So if you went to eat in a house you “took pot luck”: maybe it would be just a vegetable dish or perhaps there would be some fresh meat in the pot.
Present usage: when we have no control over the result of a decision.
- We bought a special cheap package holiday. It’s “special” because we take pot luck over the final destination, we only know it will be a European destination on the Mediterranean.
- When he went to a Turkish restaurant he wasn’t quite sure what all the dishes were and he decided to take pot luck. His lucky number was number 7 so he chose the 7th starter and the 7th main course. He loved his first course and thought that his second course was even better.