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- n. An apparent gift, that has substantial associated costs.
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- n. a gift (usually of inferior quality) that should be accepted uncritically
From the economics of horse ownership, in which an aging horse of declining value continues to require feeding and stabling. Possibly influenced by the proverb don't look a gift horse in the mouth. (Wiktionary)
"One does not bite the coin of the honoured stranger, Gul Shah," was what he said, meaning you don't look a gift horse in the mouth.