a free rein
complete freedom of action or expression
The image here is of loosening grip on the reins of a horse, allowing it to choose its own course and pace, in contrast to the greater.
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without cost or payment
free of charge – informal
1957 - Godfrey Smith - The Friends - Back home we pay if we're ill. You don't expect to be ill for free.
free and easy
informal and relaxed
free gratis and for nothing
without charge – humorous
it is a free country
said when asserting that a course of action is not illegal or forbidden often in justification of it
make free with
treat without ceremony or proper respect
take liberties with
there is no such thing as a free lunch
you never get something for nothing
any benefit received has eventually to be paid for
1996 - Washington Times - Europeans are now learning some hard facts of life about socialized medicine. There's no such thing as a free lunch.
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