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free ride

noun

: special treatment that involves giving away something that is valuable or expensive

Full Definition of FREE RIDE

:  a benefit obtained at another's expense or without the usual cost or effort; also :  soft or easy treatment
free ride intransitive verb
free rider noun

Examples of FREE RIDE

  1. The state university offered him a free ride for all four years of college—his football scholarship would cover tuition, room and board, and other expenses.
  2. companies getting a free ride at the taxpayer's expense

First Known Use of FREE RIDE

1882

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