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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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This paradox has engendered much political pandering, as decision-makers promise voters they can have quality schools, access to health care, safe streets and vulnerable populations cared for without paying the freight in taxes.
The case is far from settled, the legal costs on both sides are mounting, and taxpayers are paying the freight for the state in a case that is very much up in the air.
Burley adds that one alternative they tested was when Wal-Mart offered the option of paying the freight versus Crosman picking up the freight charges.
So, for example, if you ship to India, the suppliers ship the material to the port, and the paper mills that are inland and sort of the equivalent of Chicago to New York, they're paying the freight to get it to their mill.
Advertisers, not consumers, are paying the freight. Both startups and traditional media are desperate for Web revenue, and in some cases that desperation is blurring lines of editorial propriety to the point of co-opting the news function.
"The attraction should be in the trade halls where the suppliers are paying the freight and expect to get traffic and makes sales--not have customers drawn off to seminars and other events that might dilute traffic," he said.
Social Security recipients still go there on first Mondays, she says, but younger folk are "out of there." So, the living-longer crowd is paying the freight on the bank's "expense adjustment."
Paying the freight for production of as many as three quarterly editions of The Masthead has been a primary commitment of the Foundation for the past several years, and will continue to be.
specification does not determine the party responsible for paying the freight charges, such specification must be made separately.
In this word, letting the energy secretary jet to India for $750,000, or put her best friend on the payroll at a little over standard government pay scales, or hire private firms to monitor reporters (producing a list of agency friends and enemies), is just paying the freight for efficient (read: irrelevant) performance.
* The majority of the marketing and true "consumer selling" efforts in the store focus on the perimeter - an exciting, high-gross, but low-net area - while the dry grocery core of the store (which, as often as not, is paying the freight for those attractive, but unprofitable perimeter departments) is all but ignored.
consumer will not once again be sold down the river by our government, in terms of paying the freight, so that producers can take advantage of Uncle Sam's good nature.
And if you've already paid the third party, you could end up paying the freight charges twice--particularly if the third party skips town or goes belly up.
PAYING THE FREIGHT. The Automobile Recyclers Association (ARA), Fairfax, Va., also weighed in on the issue.