there is no such thing as a free lunch

there is no such thing as a free lunch
there is no such thing as a free lunch
used for saying that you cannot get something for nothing: »

We all like the idea of more time off work but there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Main Entry: lunch

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • there's no such thing as a free lunch — This idiom means that you don t get things for free, so if something appears to be free, there s a catch and you ll have to pay in some way …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • there's no such thing as a free lunch — ► used to say that nothing is free even if it appears to be, for example, if someone gives you something they probably want something back from you in return Main Entry: ↑free …   Financial and business terms

  • there's no such thing as a free lunch — ► there s no such thing as a free lunch proverb it isn t possible to get something for nothing. Main Entry: ↑lunch …   English terms dictionary

  • There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch — TANSTAAFL ist eine Abkürzung für die Englische Redewendung „There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch“, die durch den Science Fiction Autor Robert A. Heinlein in seinem Roman The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress von 1966 populär gemacht wurde. [1][2] Der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • there’s no such thing as a free lunch — Originally a colloquial axiom in US economics, though now in general use. The proverb implies that you cannot get something for nothing. 1967 R. A. HEINLEIN Moon is Harsh Mistress xi. ‘Oh, “tanstaafl.” Means “There ain’t no such thing as a free… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • There's no such thing as a free lunch. — something that you say which means that if someone gives you something, they always expect you to give them something or to do something for them. He offered me a room in his house, but he seems to expect me to do all the housework. I should have …   New idioms dictionary

  • There ain't no such thing as a free lunch — This article is about the saying. For the computing principle, see No free lunch in search and optimization. For the group, see No Free Lunch (organization). There ain t no such thing as a free lunch (alternatively, There s no such thing as a… …   Wikipedia

  • There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch — TANSTAAFL ist eine Abkürzung für die Englische Redewendung „There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch“, die durch den Science Fiction Autor Robert A. Heinlein in seinem Roman The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress von 1966 populär gemacht wurde. [1][2] Der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch - TANSTAAFL — An acronym that attempts to describe the cost of decision making and consumption. There ain t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL) expresses the idea that even if something seems like it is free, there is always a cost, no matter how… …   Investment dictionary

  • there's no such thing as a free lunch —    This idiom means that you don t get things for free, so if something appears to be free, there s a catch and you ll have to pay in some way.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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