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painsnoun [plural]

uk   us   /peɪnz/
be at pains to do sth to ​try very hard to do something: She is at pains to ​point out how much ​work she has done.go to/take great pains to do sth to make a lot of ​effort to do something: I went to ​great pains to ​select the ​beststaffavailable.
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