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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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Based on having viewed his now-closed website and reviewed his literature over the years, I believe he preys on anxiety about college costs by painting a misleading picture of how the process works, and then charges clients significant amounts of money for information that is either only partially true or that they can easily obtain for free."
Network administrators and IT consultants and managers can access for free all of this Web site's content including articles such as "You've Been Hacked: What to Do in the First Five Minutes" and discussion threads where users can get feedback from experts on their questions.
Postal Service has agreed to new rules for free mailing of educational materials to people with disabilities.
According to this distinction between the monostrophic verse and the free verse - a distinction noted as well by the Tunisian critic Nur al-Din Sammud in his "The Poem 'Cholera' is not free verse" (4:376-388) - poetry qualifies for free verse only when it does not follow a consistent scheme.
White working men supported hefty license fees for free black laborers, as well as prohibitions on slaves arranging their own employment and living apart from their owners.