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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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La segunda posible respuesta al problema, en la que la accion colectiva debe ser disenada de tal manera que el free rider no afecte significativamente el beneficio colectivo, incluye a la vez otro problema --que el mismo Rawls ya ha senalado--.
Consequently, if his offer managed to initially attract at least a few potential free riders, the per capita cost of the alternative, bundled offer (infrastructure plus protection) would immediately go up, possibly triggering a snowball effect whose result would be the conversion of ever more members of the community to the free rider attitude.
As to the so-called problem of free riders (i.e., those who wouldn't financially support the government and thus would "ride for free"), this is not really a problem.
Many or all putatively public goods worth providing can be offered on the market if the provider is willing to bear the cost of excluding free riders (pp.
The free rider debate in relation to RPM has usually focused on the actual significance of the justification and whether it is more theoretical than practical.
Under these conditions, there will always be a positive contribution of scientific teams from less-favored regions, and the positive difference between the marginal utility and the payments received by the free riders will be reduced.
The free rider gains uninformed consumers who first acquire the special services from rivals and who have low shopping costs the consumers Telser originally envisioned.
He infers that free riders account for the slippage, that is, right-to-work laws do not deter unions from organizing firms but they do interfere with unions signing up individual members.
CHINA cannot be a "free rider" in global trade, EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht has warned.
A FREE rider improvement day will give motorcyclists the chance to brush up on their skills at Jaguar Sports and Social Club, in Browns Lane, Allesley, on May 15 from 9am-3pm.
I consulted a business school professor who said, "The ground rules for dealing with free riders are sometimes explicitly laid out--for example, the free rider may be fired by an appropriate majority or supermajority of group members."
The researchers came to this conclusion after carrying out a study into digital music samples, and exploring the determinants of the five effectiveness dimensions-evaluation, Willingness-to-Pay (WTP), perceived sample usefulness, sample cost and the likelihood of a consumer being a "free rider"-of online digital music samples.
But she checked the Highway Code, which states that her Free Rider scooter - with a top speed of just 8mph - has every right to be on the road.
(1) TRU defended itself, invoking the free rider rationale.
FREE RIDER can carry on the good work by taking the Castlegate Rated Stakes at York this afternoon.