free ride

noun

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 in a Sentence

  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


FREE RIDE Defined for English Language Learners

free ride

noun

Definition of free ride for English Language Learners

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


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