free lunch


Definition of free lunch

: something one does not have to pay for also : free ride

Examples of free lunch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Original Oyster House restaurants will serve a free lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to close at the Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway locations. Leada Gore |, al, "Veterans Day 2020: Best deals, freebies for veterans today; Where can veterans eat free?," 11 Nov. 2020 Most of her students are poor enough to qualify for a free lunch and many are the children of immigrants who don’t speak English. NBC News, "Covid is having a devastating impact on children — and the vaccine won't fix everything," 15 Dec. 2020 The Poway Unified School District encourages families to apply for the free lunch program available to students. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Dec. 3," 3 Dec. 2020 Chessare – a single father – said the deli has always given leftover food to the homeless and offered free lunch to students since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. Nikki Battiste, CBS News, "As Thanksgiving approaches, New York deli offers free chickens to families in need," 24 Nov. 2020 That’s the kind of thing that would have to happen at the national level to change the laws and bring free lunch to all American kids. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Why doesn’t the US offer universal free school lunch?," 23 Nov. 2020 The August case raised alarm at the county courthouse because clerks and other county workers often go to the camp for free lunch on workdays. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "The County With No Coronavirus Cases? No Longer," 17 Nov. 2020 On grand opening weekend Dec. 11-13, customers can receive a free breakfast sandwich from 7-10 a.m. or a free lunch sandwich from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "7 new locations of Bosa Donuts are opening in metro Phoenix in 2021. Here's where and when," 26 Nov. 2020 The district will offer free lunch meals to all its students through Dec. 18, the last day of school before the Christmas break. Yvette Orozco, Chron, "Pearland ISD extends free lunch program until Christmas break," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of free lunch

1900, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Free lunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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