I'd be greatly appreciative of a cleverly devised idiom/phrase that depicts the following concept:

Results without work/effort.


My Work/Effort; Your Result.

Any idioms/phrases you can recount or conceive would be of use.

Contextual Edit:

The idiom/phrase should be in the context of service offering/hiring or task delegation, not free-loading as most answers thus far have understandably assumed. E.g.

[You hire me for] My Work/Effort; [My work/effort produces] Your Result.

  • Does your second sentence (My Work/Effort; Your Result.)mean -"You are enjoying the results of my work?"
    – BiscuitBoy
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 7:01
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    I can't think about any idiom that portrays what you want. As far as "My Efforts; Your Results" is concerned, how about using "My sheep, your wool". Disclaimer: I have never seen it being used anywhere. Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 7:06
  • @BiscuitBoy It can. It's more in the context of service than free-loading. Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 8:23
  • @AshishSingh That's worthy of being added as an answer rather than bashfully obscuring it in the comments. Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 8:25
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    Sorry, but I think your question is unclear.
    – user66974
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 10:21

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Based on your clarifications, how about "we'll take care of everything"?

Even if you think you could do a good job at decorating your home, you might not have a lot of time to do it. In this case, a professional can take care of everything. Everything will be done quicker and you’ll be less stressed.


  • It's not wrong and the answer does correctly intuit what I'm asking. Thanks for being patient enough to fathom a valid response. Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 11:00
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    No problem. I'll edit the answer if I come up with more alternatives.
    – A.P.
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 11:06

Idioms for

Results without work/effort

(1) Fall Into One's Lap:

(Of something desirable) be acquired by or happen to someone without any effort being made on their part

(2) Free Ride:

Someone who gets a free ride- benefits from a collective activity without participating in it.

  • That is the most appropriate, I think! Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 8:25
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    Please see edit. Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 10:09

Consider, All [that] you have to do is ask


An expression commonly used in this context is...

He had never had to work or fight for position in society, it was simply handed to him on a plate for being born
Lying would be the simplest option given that the excuse had been handed to him on a plate
Alex has just had the easy life handed to him on a plate
The opportunity was handed to him on a plate

hand (one) (something) on a plate (TheFreeDictionary)
To give or relinquish something to one very easily, without them having to work very hard to get or achieve it.
(often used in passive past tense constructions)

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