there's no such thing as a free lunch


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there's no such thing as a free lunch

Nothing is ever really given away for free, so be wary of hidden charges, motives, or agendas. 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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There's no such thing as a free lunch.

 and There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
Prov. Cliché Everything costs something. (Can imply that you should be suspicious of anything that appears to be free.) Fred: This advertisement says I can get an expensive camera for free! Jane: Don't be so gullible. There's no such thing as a free lunch. Mary gave me her sewing machine, but I had to give it $100 worth of repairs before I could even use it. There's no such thing as a free lunch.
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there's no such thing as a free lunch

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there is no free lunch

COMMON People say there's no such thing as a free lunch or there is no free lunch to mean you cannot expect to get things for nothing. There is no such thing as a free lunch, of course, and many of the most attractive looking deals have quite large joining fees. There is no free lunch. Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for. Note: This expression dates back to at least 1840 in the United States. It recently became popular again when the American economist Milton Friedman used it in the 1970s.
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there's no such thing as a free lunch

you never get something for nothing; any benefit received has eventually to be paid for.
1996 Washington Times Europeans are now learning some hard facts of life about socialized medicine: there's no such thing as a free lunch.
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there’s no such ˌthing as a free ˈlunch

(spoken) used to say that it is not possible to get something for nothing: I think you should be very careful about accepting his help. Remember, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.In the past, some pubs/bars offered their customers a ‘free’ lunch, but they had to buy drinks first.
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