free ride


Definition of free ride

1 : a benefit obtained at another's expense or without the usual cost or effort … a group of students who have been assigned to do a report where only one student cares, does all the work and the others go along for a free ride— Roger T. Johnson and David W. Johnson also : soft or easy treatment Generally speaking, the press has given Jacobson a free ride. Spy
2 : an arrangement (such as a scholarship) providing a student with tuition at no cost athletes getting a free ride at college College officials hope that the idea of a free ride to a new engineering school with lofty ambitions will attract a highly accomplished student body …— Jeffrey Mervis

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Other Words from free ride

free ride intransitive verb
free rider noun

Examples of free ride in a Sentence

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. companies getting a free ride at the taxpayer's expense

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In fact, just 20% of patients reached used the free ride, while the majority were either uninterested or didn’t respond to the offer. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Doctor Visits Could Provide Relief to Uber and Lyft," 10 July 2019 How to get there There are several options for getting rides to the polls, but VIA is offering one that won’t cost a cent: Anyone who shows a valid voter registration card when getting on the bus will get a free ride to his or her polling place., "Voters making final decisions in San Antonio City Council mayor, council district runoffs," 8 June 2019 Carnival ride tickets range from $1.25-$100, free rides 1-2 p.m. July 20 and unlimited ride wristbands are $20 on select days. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "County fair guide: Here's when fairs in Central Indiana get underway," 18 June 2019 VIA Metropolitan Transit will provide free rides to people needing transportation to cooling centers. Fares Sabawi,, "‘Fierce and quick’ storm uproots trees, downs power lines," 7 June 2019 Those vehicles already have been given tax credits, so a further free ride is unconscionable. WSJ, "Time to Take a Fresh Look At the Federal Gasoline Tax," 29 Mar. 2019 In Wickenburg, Ariz,. the Freedom Express leases two vans to provide free rides to residents 60 and older five days a week. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "For Elderly in Rural Areas, Volunteers Step In," 10 Dec. 2018 In Dayton, Ohio, the transit authority partnered with Lyft to provide free rides between select transit stops. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 Duet coordinates volunteers to provide free rides to seniors in Fountain Hills, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix and Scottsdale south of Bell Road. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Uber and Lyft are making it harder for Arizona seniors to get around," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of free ride

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jul 2019

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The first known use of free ride was in 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of free ride

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

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