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take pains

see: at pains
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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  • "Oh, you don't have to take pains for John," she said with a short laugh.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • But he was always willing to work, and to take pains with his work, no matter how humble it might be.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Why should he take pains to persuade his mother to a consent which she had no right to withhold?

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • He did take pains to ascertain that they were legally married, but that was all.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Here, again, the only precaution is to take pains in selecting the site.

  • He had that true genius, which is defined as "the ability to take pains."

  • When we went to bed that night father did not take pains to lock the Indian in.

  • Still I take pains not to let them know what I really think of them.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish

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