Definition of free ride
: a benefit obtained at another's expense or without the usual cost or effort; also : soft or easy treatment
free rideintransitive verb
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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FREE RIDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of free ride for English Language Learners
: special treatment that involves giving away something that is valuable or expensive
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