free lunch
noun Date: 1949 something one does not have to pay for; also free ride

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • free lunch — free′ lunch′ n. cvb something given with no expectation of repayment or obligation • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • Free lunch — The phrase free lunch, in U. S. literature from about 1870 to 1920, refers to a tradition once common in saloons in many places in the United States. These establishments included a free lunch, varying from rudimentary to quite elaborate, with… …   Wikipedia

  • free lunch — noun something acquired without effort or payment or obligation there is no free lunch in politics or Hollywood • Hypernyms: ↑gift * * * I. noun : a buffet lunch formerly available in certain bars or saloons to those buying drinks II. noun :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Free Lunch — A situation in which a good or service is received at no cost, with the true cost of the good or service ultimately borne by some party, which may even include the recipient. A free lunch was often offered during the 1800s to bar patrons who… …   Investment dictionary

  • free lunch —    The expression there s no such thing as a free lunch means that nothing is free. If somebody helps you, they always expect some form of payment in return.     If you accept his offer, he ll be forever asking you for favours. There s no such… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • free lunch — /fri ˈlʌntʃ/ (say free lunch) noun 1. US food given without charge, as in a hotel to encourage the purchase of drinks. –phrase 2. there s no such thing as a free lunch, (an expression used to communicate the view that anything which appears to be …   Australian English dictionary

  • free lunch — n. something free. (Often negative.) □ There is no such thing as a free lunch. □ There’s always somebody who’ll do anything to get a free lunch …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • free lunch — 1. food provided without charge in some bars and saloons to attract customers. 2. Informal. something given with no expectation of repayment, service, responsibility, etc.: In politics there s no free lunch everyone expects favors to be repaid.… …   Universalium

  • free lunch —  Something for nothing proverbially, what there is no such thing as. In business the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” means that everything has a cost …   American business jargon

  • free lunch — Economists jargon for a nonexistent benefit. It derives from a 19th century tavern that advertised free food, it being clearly understood that anyone attempting to exploit this offer without buying a drink would be thrown out. The phrase is now… …   Big dictionary of business and management

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