free ride

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Noun[edit]

free ride (plural free rides)

  1. (idiomatic) An opportunity or benefit which has no cost, especially one enjoyed or undertaken at the expense of others.
    • 1980, "The Shaky House of Cards," Time, 31 March.
      Previously, shoppers were given a free ride on charges until the end of the month. Now interest will start on the day of purchase on accounts with balances.
    • 2006, "A Yankees Station in the Bronx," New York Times, 9 Apr. (retrieved 11 June 2009):
      Financially, the two New York teams have not asked for the sort of free ride at taxpayer expense that has been commonplace elsewhere.

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