free ride

free ride
1. : a benefit (as food, entertainment, or acclaim) gained or accepted at another's expense or without cost to or effort by the one benefiting
a. : a subscription to a new security offering with the hope that the bonds or shares allotted can be sold out at a profit before actual payment is made
b. : a speculation on a very thin margin or where a quick profit seems assured by government or other action
3. : the right to receive another card in stud poker without putting any chips in the pot

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noun, pl ⋯ rides [count]
: special treatment that involves giving away something that is valuable or expensive

The state university offered him a free ride for all four years of college–his football scholarship would cover tuition, room and board, and other expenses.

companies getting a free ride at the taxpayer's expense

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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