TINSTAAFL

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TINSTAAFL

  1. (idiomatic) There is no such thing as a free lunch; an alternative to TANSTAAFL
    • 1952, Ethics magazine, cited in 2006, Ralph Keyes, The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When, Macmillan, page 70,
      Professor Alvin Hansen's famous TINSTAAFL formula--"There is no such thing as a free lunch"
      [Keyes adds, "This acronym had already appeared in a 1949 newspaper column."]