That the girls who live there are given a home free of charge makes them doubly liable to criticism.
Hitherto she had thought of a happy future for herself, of a home free from troubles and harassing cares.
Ruth, won't you give me the pleasure of taking you home free from the worry of that debt?
We take old instruments in exchange, and deliver the new piano in your home free of expense.
Old English ham "dwelling, house, estate, village," from Proto-Germanic *haimaz (cf. Old Frisian hem "home, village," Old Norse heimr "residence, world," heima "home," Danish hjem, Middle Dutch heem, German heim "home," Gothic haims "village"), from PIE root *tkei- "to settle, dwell, be home" (cf. Sanskrit kseti "abides, dwells," Armenian shen "inhabited," Greek kome, Lithuanian kaimas "village;" Old Church Slavonic semija "domestic servants").
'Home' in the full range and feeling of [Modern English] home is a conception that belongs distinctively to the word home and some of its Gmc. cognates and is not covered by any single word in most of the IE languages. [Buck]Home stretch (1841) is originally a reference from horse racing. Home base in baseball attested by 1859 (home plate by 1867; home as the goal in a sport or game is from 1778). Home economics first attested 1899. Slang phrase make (oneself) at home "become comfortable in a place one does not live" dates from 1892. To keep the home fires burning is from a song title from 1914. To be nothing to write home about "unremarkable" is from 1907. Home movie is from 1919; home computer is from 1967.
Successfully arrived or concluded; at or assured of one's goal; out of trouble: I hear things been a little tight. Well, you home free now/ I think you're home free. If you'll forgive me for saying this