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a free lunch

A phrase that can be used to refer to anything given away for free. 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. There's no such thing as a free lunch, after all.
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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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free lunch

A gift or benefit for which no return is expected. This expression, dating from the early 1800s, alludes to the practice of taverns offering free food to their customers to induce them to buy more drinks. In today’s bars such offerings amount to little more than a bowl of peanuts or pretzels, if that, and indeed, figuratively the term is often used in a negative context—for example, “He’ll hardly offer you a job if you don’t contribute to his party; there’s no free lunch in political campaigns.” The economist Milton Friedman went even further, declaring “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” (attributed).
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RIGA, Aug 30 (LETA) - The Education and Science Ministry's idea to shift the costs of the free lunches that are served to school kids in Latvia from the central government budget to local governments' budgets has drawn strong criticism from the Progressives and the Union of Greens and Farmers.
A large number of initiatives are already in place and others, such as Free Lunches in Schools are to be trialled or developed.
Youngsters can tuck into free lunches if they join a children's club in the summer holidays.
Fast forward to the Daily Herald's Northwest Suburban news blurbs in the June 29 edition, and I see that "free lunches are available to children and teens 18 and younger on certain days" during the summer.
ISLAMABAD -- If all goes as planned, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide free lunches to students in 20 public schools.
Chairman of the ruling Smer party, Robert Fico, has promised free lunches for all pupils of primary schools and the last grades of nursery schools.Pupils of primary schools and the last grades of nursery schools should get free lunches as of January 1, 2019, leader of the ruling Smer party and ex-prime minister, Robert Fico, informed.
To celebrate the opening of Pret A Manger's first shop at The Dubai Mall, Pret is giving away 500 free lunches to customers on Thursday 22 February, between 12pm to 2pm.
From the SEC perspective on free lunches, Goodman implied it continues to be an important issue.
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A week of free lunches has been offered to the parents of every child starting reception class this September.
There are, of course, free lunches, ie free parking, to be had in the rest of the county.
Free lunches are offered to impoverished students in state-run schools as part of government welfare measures in many of India's 29 states.
FREE lunches could be offered to all primary school pupils in the future in a bid to improve children's health and raise standards in the classroom.