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free ride

An unfair advantage or special treatment that a person receives without earning it or paying for it. Even though his grades were poor, Gary thought he should get a free ride to college because he was a football star. You're getting a free ride living with your parents. You don't even have to pay rent!
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free ride

 
1. Lit. a ride to somewhere for which no payment is demanded. I got a free ride from a truck driver who was headed for town. I won't call a taxi when I can get a free ride.
2. Fig. 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. No more free rides around here. Get off your duff and get a job!
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free ride

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.
See also: free, ride
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Many or all putatively public goods worth providing can be offered on the market if the provider is willing to bear the cost of excluding free riders (pp.
Although Free Rider had got off the mark as a two-year-old in October 1999, that had been his sole success in 18 outings.
In the preceding sub-section, only adjacent retailers incurred a loss as a result of a free rider.
Edwards argues that those who pay for the provision of public goods have a legitimate claim against free riders who, because they also receive the benefits of public goods but bear none of the costs, can be regarded as thieves; therefore, those would-be free riders can legitimately be forced, via taxation, to pay for what they otherwise would steal.
Freeman and Medoff |1984, 243~, Bloom and Northrup |1981, 227~ and others point to membership figures indicating that right-to-work laws create serious free rider problems for unions.
UFCW Releases Briefing Paper Detailing How Free Rider Provision Would Incentivize Irresponsible Walmart Employment Practices and Diminish Shared Responsibility for Health Care Reform
7FM and 1090AM will participate in this epic ride and host a contest sponsored by the station in which 20 lucky contestants will have the chance to win a free rider spot in the event.
The policy included war-risk coverage in a free rider to the agreement.
FREE RIDER made an overdue return to the winner's enclosure after the seven-furlong handicap.
The colt had been strongly supported for the race prior to his reappearance at Newmarket last month where he failed to impress with a short-head victory over Free Rider.
Each ordinary citizen is likely to act as a free rider when the level and description of government provision of a public good is being decided.
Andrew Balding, assistant to Ian Balding, trainer of Free Rider
Misraah, another Classic hope, won the BTSME Conditions Stakes, fighting off Free Rider.
He says Coase is wrong; he doesn't overcome the free rider problem.
On Guineas running, Umistim has the beating of five of today's 18 rivals for the pounds 70,000 contest-he finished well clear of Millenium Moonbeam (11th), Free Rider (15th), Fath (16th), Scarteen Fox (19th) and Race Leader (22nd).