take a free ride

take a free ride

To get an unfair advantage or special treatment without earning it or paying for it. Even though his grades were poor, Gary thought he could take a free ride to college because he was a football star. You're taking a free ride living with your parents. You don't even have to pay rent!
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get, take, etc. a free ˈride

have an advantage or a benefit from a situation without doing anything to deserve it: The free ride is over — either you start working or quit.
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