there is no free lunch

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of there is no free lunch

used to say that it is not possible to get something that is desired or valuable without having to pay for it in some way

Word by Word Definitions

there play
  1. : in or at that place

  2. : to or into that place : thither

  3. : at that point or stage

  1. used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clause

  2. used as an indefinite substitute for a name

  1. : that place or position

  2. : that point

  1. used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective

  2. used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified

  3. : capable of being relied on for support or aid

free play
  1. : not costing or charging anything

  2. : having the legal and political rights of a citizen

  3. : enjoying civil and political liberty

  1. : in a free manner

  2. : without charge

  3. : with the wind more than six points from dead ahead

  1. : to cause to be free

  2. : to relieve or rid of what restrains, confines, restricts, or embarrasses

  3. : disentangle, clear

lunch play
  1. : a usually light meal

  2. : the food prepared for a lunch

  1. : to eat lunch

  2. : to treat to lunch


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