Idiom: Freebie; used
as a noun.
Sam: “I work as a food critic for a magazine
about food. The salary is a little low
but there are a lot of freebies with the job. Some of the shops that I review send me boxes
of cheese so that I can write articles about them. But there’s one problem.
Mary: “What’s that?”
Sam: “I don’t eat cheese!”
Meaning: Freebie means something which is given
for free, often in return for possible favors in the future. In this example, Sam, who is a food critic,
often receives free items from the stores that he reviews. Because his job is to review stores, the
owners of these shops believe that by sending him free sample items, Sam will
write positive articles about their stores.
This idiom can apply to any situation where an individual receives
something for free. This idiom is used
as noun in this example.
Here is another example:
Second Example: Alex likes to check for grand openings of
new stores in his area on Yelp.com. When
his friends ask him why he always attends the grand openings, he tells them
that the stores often give away freebies to encourage future customers
to return and buy things from these shops.
Meaning: In this case, the idiom, freebies, serves to express the idea that shops often give away
free items to promote the grand opening of the stores. Many shops often give away free products to
encourage customers into becoming regular patrons and hope that they will
promote the store to their friends in the future. In this example, the idiom is being used as a
This idiom is from the book “Help with Idioms,”
which is used as supplemental material in LSI’s Intermediate Conversation
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