free ride

noun
1.
Informal. something obtained without effort or cost: The fact that you're the general's sondoesn't mean you'll get a free ride in the army.
2.
Stud Poker. a round of betting in which each player checks and therefore receives another card without having to contribute any chips to the pot.

Origin:
1895–1900

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free ride definition


  1. n.
    an easy time; participation without contributing anything. : You've had a free ride long enough. You have to do your share of the work now.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The really unimportant event, that a friend invited me to a free ride in his
  cab.
Most probably nature will make us pay for the free ride.
Meanwhile, these guys have limited intellectual and motivational resources, yet
  they are getting a free ride.
Corporations get a free ride at the expense of education.
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