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free ride

free ride

Date: Aug 11 2004


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“The fact is, you’re not guaranteed a spot. People are going to have to prove their worth if they want to stay. This is not just a free ride and it can be any one of them. Just like any other job, if you don’t work hard you’ll be fired.”
Jason Wiley, Road Manager for MTV series Making the Band 2 in an interview with PopMatters.com


1. Definition - Study the definition.

a free ride is when you get something and neither pay for it nor work for it

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

When you expect a free ride, it means that you want to get something without paying for it or working for it. Mr. Wiley is talking about how the people on the show have got to work in order to make it and be successful. Personally, I don’t like getting a free ride. I like to work for what I have because then I am more proud of myself.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””My brother moved in and never even offered to pay me any rent. Finally, I had to let him know that I wasn’t going to let him have a free ride. He had to get his own place.”“

””When my boss fired me, he told me that he thought I was lazy and just wanted a free ride.”“

””Many people say that unemployed people are just lazy and want to have a free ride from the government. I think that might be true about some people, but for others it doesn’t hold true.”“


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

here the term ’’free ride’’may be concretized having the meaning of not paying any effort,not having to do any extra but involving in a community requiring hard work,sacrifice,..if you are in a free ride you realy don’t have to do any extra,dont have to pay much effort but having the chance of standing at the place you don’t really deserve..
by ogün (samsun, Türkiye!...)
means having sth. done without usual efforts or obtaining things in a easy way.
by Shirley (hangzhou, China)
Free ride is to achieve something easily with almost no effort at all. Something that you can jump in at anytime and be accepted immediately.
by Jaya (Manila, Philippines)
I guess it means something that is easy to get and without paying any efforts.
by Yi (Hangzhou, China)
I guessed that it might mean ,there is no easy approach to evething ,you need to try all your utmost to acomplish your aim or goal.Like an old saying going ,there is no free lunch in the world.
by Peny (HS, China)
It means to do careless work, not trying to invest much energy in it. For exampel: just to pretend to be an active member of team, not at all being useful or helpful truly.
by Jana (Vienna, Austria)
I think we are going to use “free ride” for sth reached easily,sth we hadn’t try hard to get it
by Dilhun (Ýstanbul, TÜRKÝYE)
free ride means use the manpower utilization effectively.
by poorna (coimbatore, India)
I think “free ride” is when you don’t have an option you simply have to do it.
by Ricardo (Salvador Ba, Brazil)
reap what you have not sown
by huirong (wuxi, china)
opposite of hard
by Edson (Mogi Guaçu, Brazil)
close relationship with your family or friends
by Rosa (Tampico, Mexico)
Free ride is a place which have many smart&powerful man.If you do not do hard in this place ,you mustn’t stand here,there isn’t no room to you stand !
The meaning just i though&guessed!
by Kosi (Guangzhou, China)
Something that you can easily acquire.
by Helen (Vancouver, Canada)
A free ride in that context means something for fun where you will not be liable for a pre-set goal or result.
From the surface,it’s likely to mean to take a taxi or bus free of charge. Here it means wages can’t be paid to anyone without working hard and proving his worth. if you want to “take a ride” (—money,post,etc.-)you shounld “pay”(—-work hard).
by gang (Wuhan, China)

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