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hotch·pot

 (hŏch′pŏt′)
n. Law
The grouping together of various properties, that may have different origins or statuses, for the purpose of determining how best to accomplish an equal division of the aggregate, as in an intestate estate with several heirs or the settlement of a divorce in a community property state.

[Middle English hochepot, from Old French, mixture, stew : hocher, to shake together; see hotch + pot, pot.]

hotchpot

(ˈhɒtʃˌpɒt)
n
(Law) property law the collecting of property so that it may be redistributed in equal shares, esp on the intestacy of a parent who has given property to his children in his lifetime
[C14: from Old French hochepot, from hocher to shake, of Germanic origin + pot1]

hotch•pot

(ˈhɒtʃˌpɒt)

n.
a gathering together of the property of a person who has died intestate so that it can be divided equally among the decedent's legal heirs.
[1250–1300; Middle English hochepot < Anglo-French, literally, shake-pot =hoche(r) to shake (Old French hochier < Germanic) + pot pot1]
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