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There's no such thing as a free lunch (American proverb)
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There's no such thing as a free lunch

American proverb

most likely an American proverb communicating the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing, coined originally as a warning against the 19th century practice in American bars of offering a free lunch as a way to entice drinking customers, the expectation was that most customers would buy more than one drink
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