there is no free lunch

idiom

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

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“There is no free lunch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/there%20is%20no%20free%20lunch. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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