Having arrived unannounced for supper, we had to take potluck.
A neighbor invited in to take potluck.
The scheduled flight was canceled and passengers had to take potluck on the other airlines.
Origin of potluck
- The sense “communal meal" may derive from confusion of potluck and potlatch, though this is uncertain: it may be a simple extension of the traditional meaning of “meal with guests". Some works, e.g. the one cited below from 1879 New York, use the word for an impromptu meal cooked by guests at a party (rather than made by guests bringing food to a party), emphasizing the random nature of the potluck and connecting the modern “communal meal" sense and the older sense.