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free lunch

Fig. something of value that is free. (Often negative. See also There's no such thing as a free lunch.) There's always somebody who'll do anything to get a free lunch.
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free lunch

Something acquired without due effort or cost. For example, In politics there is no free lunch; every favor calls for repayment. This expression alludes to the custom of taverns offering food free of charge to induce customers to buy drinks. It was soon extended to other kinds of gift but is often used in a negative way, as in the example. [First half of 1800s]
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free lunch

n. something free. (Often negative.) There is no such thing as a free lunch.
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I have a feeling that people who have real money, the millionaires, are embarrassed to go to a free lunch.
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There will be a free lunch following the day of service.
Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch hasn't shopped at D'Agostino lately.
Everyone knows there is no such thing as a free lunch.
Composed largely of low-income African-American and Latino families, 25 percent of the areas households live at or below the poverty level and nearly all of this district's children qualify for free lunch.
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There's no such thing as a free lunch and most of the government grants involve quite a bit of "tit-for-tat" where, in return for the money, the business has to provide some kind of service or product that in some way benefits the government (for example, a construction company may have to build affordable housing).