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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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Customers wishing to take advantage of the Free Ride Back Program must adhere to the following policies:
In a sense, they also are receiving a free ride - or something close to it.
Anyone called Iris can claim their free ride by going to the booking office in time for a 11.
The first series of its kind on ITV1 Wales, Free Ride covers all the best freesport events in the world - from Hawaii through to Switzerland and even Cardiff Bay - surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, mountain biking and BMX competitions.
The vintage red-and-white Checker cabs circled the city awarding free rides during the promotional period.
The veteran Times reporter also quoted Ruggie: "The attackers of the UN for too long have had a free ride in exaggerating the magnitude of the problem .
It's going to provide me with some savvy skills I'll be able to apply in my late-20s/early-30s, to finagle some kind of free ride.
COME ON AND take a free ride," Edgar Winter urged us all in 1972.
The event will see the launch of the region's first free-ride downhill mountain bike route, which has been designed by 150 local bikers who are members of the North-East Free Ride Association.
For the fifth year in a row, attorneys at The Cobb Law Firm in Northwest Florida have rounded up volunteers, solicited donations, and coordinated the annual New Year's Eve Free Ride Home Campaign.
The rest of Canada is getting a free ride to prosperity on Qntario's coat tails.
To be fair, the recreational pilots who fly planes like the single engine Piper Cub, and constitute roughly three quarters of the general aviation fleet, are getting much less of a free ride than the business jets.
We will work with councils to ensure the free ride of the few is over.
First, there's a FREE ride for every reader on PlayStation - The Ride.
In that section, a cooperative special services equilibrium is established as a benchmark; retailer incentives to free ride the special services provided by rivals are introduced; and an equilibrium without special services supply is also presented.