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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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a free ride

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone gets a free ride in a particular situation, they get a benefit without working or paying for it. I never wanted anyone to think I was getting a free ride or special treatment from the boss. I certainly wasn't just sitting around, getting a free ride. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval.
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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.
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Consequently, if his offer managed to initially attract at least a few potential free riders, the per capita cost of the alternative, bundled offer (infrastructure plus protection) would immediately go up, possibly triggering a snowball effect whose result would be the conversion of ever more members of the community to the free rider attitude.
Second, those who choose to support a rights-protecting government are not committing a sacrifice by indirectly protecting the rights of free riders, so long as the value the contributors receive--that is, the protection of their own rights plus all the benefits that flow from a rights-respecting society--is of equal or greater value to them than the funds they contribute.
10) I conclude, therefore, that Internet retailing, on balance, does not strengthen (and perhaps even weakens) the free rider explanation for RPM.
If reputation is relevant, the only available strategy will be different from the free rider because any other behavior will immediately reduce income to zero.
Other profit-maximizing retailers, who would suffer at the hands of a free rider, will also eventually defect.
The dependent variable FREE RIDE takes a value of one if the worker covered by union contract is a free rider and zero if the worker is a union member.
The Free Rider provision currently would require that, if an employer with more than 50 employees has employees who receive a subsidy (i.
I consulted a business school professor who said, "The ground rules for dealing with free riders are sometimes explicitly laid out--for example, the free rider may be fired by an appropriate majority or supermajority of group members.
But she checked the Highway Code, which states that her Free Rider scooter - with a top speed of just 8mph - has every right to be on the road.
1) TRU defended itself, invoking the free rider rationale.
FREE RIDER can carry on the good work by taking the Castlegate Rated Stakes at York this afternoon.
in-form 5-1 chance Free Rider, who has improved since being gelded after a fruitless spring campaign.
That the free rider gets benefits--indeed cannot help getting benefits--for which he does not pay hardly suffices to make him a thief, nor does the fact that the payer might get more benefits if the free rider contributed.
In our scenario here in Zimbabwe, each and every company has to put up their own infrastructure and it involves putting a lot of money there and if we are to force them to share the infrastructure we can actually give rise to what we call free rider problem whereby others would just wait for someone to go and put up the infrastructure so that they come in and put up their equipment.
To reduce the free rider problem, HHS previously has talked about establishing open-enrollment periods, or limited times when individuals can sign up for coverage, Zaharuk said.