at pains, be at
Also, take pains. Make a special effort or take extra trouble to do something. For example, Bob was at pains to make a good first impression and wore his best suit, or Mary took pains to make sure her speech would interest the audience. [First half of 1500s]
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But the current pontiff, for reasons one might fully understand, declined to meet the would-be papal assassin.
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Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.
Everything showed a rapid flight; even the would-be dinner of the guerrillas was found half cooked.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
A fellow rudely clad—a hybrid between man-at-arms and lackey—lounged on a musket to confront them in the gateway.
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