Definition of a free ride in English:

a free ride


  • A situation in which someone benefits without having to make a fair contribution.

    ‘people have been having a free ride, paying so little rent that there is no money for maintenance’
    • ‘No one should be stigmatised for his or her lifestyle choice, but surely the law can ensure that no one has a free ride.’
    • ‘This will be tough, since they've had a free ride for so long.’
    • ‘The problem is that there is not now, nor ever will be, a perfect mechanism for separating the deserving from those looking to get a free ride.’
    • ‘All last week the government has had a free ride.’
    • ‘With the media as their dedicated cheerleaders, the environmentalists have had a free ride for much too long a time.’
    • ‘I think he's gotten a little bit of a free ride on some of this stuff.’
    • ‘Are we willing to work for what we need or are we waiting for a free ride?’
    • ‘Call them what you like, motorists who drive without road tax are taking a free ride at the expense of the law-abiding.’
    • ‘I suppose they'd prefer taxing the working class to death to ensure a free ride for students?’
    • ‘After all, if some grad school offers you a free ride, why shouldn't you take it?’