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English definition of “free rider”

free rider

noun [C]     disapproving
a person or company that gets an advantage without paying for it or earning it: Free riders are those workers who benefit from the existence of labor unions, but who don't belong to a union.
(Definition of free rider noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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