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free ride

noun

Simple Definition of free ride

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

Full Definition of free ride

  1. :  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



1882

First Known Use of free ride

1882


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