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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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References in classic literature ?
And I never had much trouble with the Spiggoties, what of letting them sneak free rides in the tender or on the cowcatcher.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 29 (ANI): Delhi government on Thursday announced free rides for women on DTC buses as well as its cluster buses from October 29 in order to provide them with a safe travel experience.
In an update, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the total number of free rides on the MRT-3 since the program started had reached 46,096 as of August 20.
The LRT-2 offers free rides to students up to college level, as well as those taking up technical-vocational courses from 4:30 a.m.
Persons with disability (PWDs) will get free rides at the Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT 2) on Wednesday, July 17, the start of the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.
More than 3,000 students availed the free rides offered by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on various railway systems in Metro Manila during its pilot run on Monday.
Students can ride the trains for free starting July 1 !-- -- Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - June 27, 2019 - 5:11pm MANILA, Philippines Students will get free rides on Metro Manila's railways at select hours starting Monday, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade announced Thursday.
*The management provided free rides using golf carts from Al Qassar to Katara during Eid
The passenger, who entered the metro system at 11:35 a.m., will receive a gift of a laptop computer valued at around NT$30,000 (US$972) and will be allowed free rides on the metro for one year, TRTC said.
Viewers watching any movie at Reel Cinemas The Dubai Mall can enjoy two free rides or video games at VR Theme Park.
There will be no free rides on state public transportation services for legislators and staff or employees of the Judiciary.
(https://www.millerlite.com/freerides#quad) Miller Lite is also sponsoring free rides with public bus and train services in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, and the Twin Cities in Minnesota.
SAHIWAL -- Rickshaw driver Sheikh Muhammad Nadeem gave free rides to passengers into the Sahiwal town on Tuesday as a gesture to celebrate the installation of Imran Khan, his hero, as the prime minister this month.
ISLAMABAD -- A taxi service launched a 'Jamhuriat Car Type' from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm in the name of democracy to facilitate voters with free rides to and from polling stations in twin cities.