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there is no such thing as a free lunch
- Language: English
- ►▼ there is no such thing as a free lunch : An adage communicating the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing.
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Property Value etymology Language Text English Uses of the phrase dating back to the 1930s and 1940s have been found, but the phrase's first appearance is unknown. The "free lunch" in the saying refers to the nineteenth century practice in American bars of offering a "free lunch" with drinks. The phrase and the acronym are central to Robert Heinlein's 1966 libertarian science fiction novel "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", which popularized it. The free-market economist Milton Friedman also popularized the phrase by using it as the title of a 1975 book, and it often appears in economics textbooks. word class idiom
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Language Text English An adage communicating the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing. French Adage exprimant l'idée qu'il est impossible d'obtenir quelque chose sans rien donner en échange. German Eine Redewendung, die ausdrückt, dass es unmöglich ist, etwas für nichts zu bekommen. Russian Пословица которая выражает мысль что это невозможное доставать без чего-то взамен.
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Property Value Wikidata ID q167700