freeload

[free-lohd, -lohd]
verb (used without object) Informal.
1.
to take advantage of others for free food, entertainment, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to get by freeloading: He freeloaded several meals a week.

Origin:
1950–55, Americanism; back formation from freeloader (free + load + -er1)

freeloader, noun
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freeload (ˈfriːˌləʊd)
 
vb
slang (intr) to act as a freeloader; sponge

freeloader (ˈfriːˌləʊdə)
 
n
slang a person who habitually depends on the charity of others for food, shelter, etc
 
'freeloading
 
n

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freeload definition


  1. in.
    to live off someone else; to eat and drink at someone else's expense; to live off someone else. : Don't come around here and expect to freeload.
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
Most of the uninsured in this country aren't lazy, freeloading hobos who don't wanna work.
Yesterday's freeloading hippie is today's wireless world traveler.
In so doing, they were freeloading off of the rest of society.
Freeloading crows start to contribute to group efforts when hardworking birds become handicapped, a study shows.
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