You don't get for nothing

You don't get something for nothing.

Prov. Everything costs something, and anything that appears to be free must be deceptive. Jill: This newspaper ad says we can get a trip to Hawaii for free. Jane: There must be a catch to it somewhere. You don't get something for nothing.
See also: get, nothing
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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