Meaning of "Jacob's join"

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




(pŏt'lŭk ')
1. Whatever food is available for a meal, especially when it is offered to a guest: Having arrived unannounced for dinner, we had to take the food.
2. A meal in which each guest brings food that everyone shares. It is also called potluck supper .
3. What is available at a certain time: The scheduled flight was canceled and the passengers had to participate in the other airlines.


(ˈpɒtˌlʌk, -ˈlʌk)

pot • luck

(pɒtˌlʌk, -lʌk) n n n.
1. a meal that is available without preparation or special purchase.
2. Also called pot'luck sup'per. a meal, esp. for a large group, to which the participants bring food to share.
3. whatever is available or presented to us.



: comes from the practice of throwing leftovers into a pot, and luck determines how good the stew would be.
See also related terms for lucky .