free ride

free ride ˌfree ˈride noun [singular]
something that you do not have to pay for, because someone else is paying for it:

• Government employees are getting a free ride on taxpayers' money.

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free ride UK US noun [C, usually singular] DISAPPROVING
an advantage that someone gets without paying for it or earning it: get/have/take a free ride on sth »

Minimum price agreements can discourage discounters from taking a free ride on other retailers' promotional efforts.

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free ride UK US (also free-ride) verb [I] DISAPPROVING
to get an advantage without paying for it or earning it: free ride on sb/sth »

They continue to try to free-ride on the efforts of others to slow global climate change.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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