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British pronunciation/fɹˈiː ɹˈaɪd/
American pronunciation/fɹˈiː ɹˈaɪd/
Free ride
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a benefit that is obtained at the cost or with the effort of another person

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What is the origin of the idiom "free ride" and when to use it?

The idiom "free ride" likely originates from the literal concept of getting a ride or transportation without having to pay for it. It is used to describe a situation where someone benefits or takes advantage of something without making an equal or fair contribution. This phrase is often used to express criticism or disapproval when someone is perceived as benefiting from a situation without putting in the effort, cost, or responsibility that others do.

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a soft treatment that does not require someone to face the consequences of their actions

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What is the origin of the idiom "free ride" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "free ride" is not precisely documented, but it likely emerged from the idea of getting a ride without having to pay for it, which led to the broader sense of obtaining something without paying the expected price. It is used to refer to a situation where someone receives a benefit or advantage without putting in the necessary effort, facing the usual consequences, or having to work for it.

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Sarah always gets a free ride from her parents, living at home without paying rent or bills.
It's not fair that he's getting a free ride on his taxes, while the rest of us are paying our fair share.
A group of students who have been assigned to do a report where only one student cares, does all the work and the others go along for a free ride.
Only those who share the work can share the benefits - nobody gets a free ride!
He's been getting a free ride in the group project, not doing any work but still getting credit.
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