be worth (one's) while

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be worth (one's) while

Of an action, to be beneficial and not a waste of one's time. I was reluctant to do research at a different library, but it turned out to be totally worth my while, as they had a ton of books on my topic! Staying up late tonight won't be worth my while because then I'll be exhausted the whole rest of the week.
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Many other food courts were available in the grounds; however, they were all very expensive, so it may be worth while taking a picnic, as a whole day needs to be put aside if everything is to be seen.