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pay the freight

To bear the cost(s) (of something); to pay or compensate payment (for something). Every year, it's the government (and ultimately, the taxpayer) who has to pay the freight for over a million incarcerated prisoners. Don't worry, even if a few containers get "lost" during transit, it's the shipping company's insurance that pays the freight.
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CAC paid the freight costs to ship native Pennsylvania plants and Christmas trees to the troops in Iraq.
Qantas also paid the freight of two shipments of the Tasmanian devil captive breeding "insurance" population, sent to wildlife parks on mainland Australia.
Proving that he puts his money where his mouth is, King paid the freight to fly in 22 solid amateurs -- some ranked No.
I am not sure how you got the few pieces you refer to from the Caribbean, but I guess by the time you paid the freight costs there was hardly any profit.
consumer paid the freight, paying higher prices than other countries of both members and nonmembers of the Agreement.
But in helping Watson reverse himself, and in handling the knuckleballing Springer, he has already paid the freight.