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Meaning of “there's no such thing as a free lunch” in the English Dictionary

"there's no such thing as a free lunch" in British English

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there's no such thing as a free lunch

saying said to ​emphasize that you cannot get something for nothing: "I get to ​travel with my ​job but the ​downside is I have to give ​talks." "Well, there's no such thing as a free ​lunch."
(Definition of there's no such thing as a free lunch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"there's no (such thing as a) free lunch" in American English

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there's no (such thing as a) free lunch

there is always a ​cost for something you ​want: In ​return for ​extraprofit, ​investors take on ​additionalrisk, ​proving that there is no such thing as a ​freelunch.
(Definition of there's no (such thing as a) free lunch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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