for (one's) pains

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for (one's) pains

In return or compensation for one's efforts, troubles, or work. Almost always used to indicate that the compensation is not worth the effort put in or the trouble taken. When I retired from the force, all they gave me for my pains was a cheap wristwatch.
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for your ˈpains

(especially British English, often ironic) as payment, reward or thanks for something you have done: I helped them in the shop for a week, and all I got for my pains was a box of chocolates.
See also: pain