Definition of there's no such thing as a free lunch in English:

there's no such thing as a free lunch

phrase

proverb
  • It isn't possible to get something for nothing.

    • ‘It turns out that the best of the free software programs and Web services nullify the notion that there's no such thing as a free lunch.’
    • ‘If there's one thing I know, it's that there's no such thing as a free lunch.’
    • ‘However, there's no such thing as a free lunch: those toys that are so attractive to children have a price, as the US is discovering.’
    • ‘We all know that there's no such thing as a free lunch but the monies involved in going to see your county in action in the championship isn't for the faint-hearted.’
    • ‘Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch hasn't been on the Web lately.’
    • ‘Everyone knows there's no such thing as a free lunch.’
    • ‘In the diplomatic world, there's no such thing as a free lunch and Arab leaders are unlikely to back down on that condition.’
    • ‘Of course, there's no such thing as a free lunch, and a day off now has to be made up later.’
    • ‘They say that there's no such thing as a free lunch, but it is possible to get fat while your employer helps to pick up the bill!’
    • ‘So again, it underlines the fact that there's no such thing as a free lunch in the investment area.’