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for free

Said of a capability of a programming language or hardware equipment that is available by its design without needing cleverness to implement: "In APL, we get the matrix operations for free." "And owing to the way revisions are stored in this system, you get revision trees for free." The term usually refers to a serendipitous feature of doing things a certain way (compare big win), but it may refer to an intentional but secondary feature.
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com, the online financial portal and community where investors trade stocks for free.
Unfortunately, free traders have not been making the case for free trade at home.
It is this scenario that bolsters CFOs' support for free trade and may well unshackle the North American economy.
He posits a world where that model - first embraced in radio and television and now reaching its heights in the Internet - would lead to urban buses outfitted with TVs, plying city streets for free while flashing ads at riders.