One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Originally US. Originally: a person who rides a train, bus, etc., without having paid for it (when others have). Now chiefly: a person who, or organization which, benefits (or seeks to benefit) in some way from the effort of others, without making a similar contribution.
2Sport. A person who participates in free-riding.
Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From free + rider.
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