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freebie

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[free-bee]
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noun Informal.
  1. something given without charge or cost, as a ticket to a performance or sports event or a free sample at a store: Freebies can be very useful in promoting your brand or business.

Origin of freebie

1925–30, Americanism; free + -bie, of uncertain origin; perhaps originally a noun phrase free bee, with bee2 as in put the bee on to borrow money with no intention of repaying it
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freebie

noun
  1. something provided without charge
adjective
  1. without charge; free
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for freebie

also freeby, 1942 (adj.); 1946 (n.); perhaps as early as 1900; formed "arbitrarily" [OED] from free (adj.).

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