(there) ain't no free lunch(es)

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(there) ain't no free lunch(es)

proverb Nothing is provided or given away for free. "(There) ain't no" is a colloquial way of writing "there is/are no," usually used for emphasis. Ain't no free lunch in this country, pal. If you want money, you've gotta work for it! Sure, I could help get your application pushed through the committee, but there ain't no free lunches. If I help you out, I'll be expecting something in return. Of course, once you're signed up to the free program, you have to pay for all sorts of extra services to make it even worth using. Ain't no free lunches, after all.
See also: free, no
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