for (one's) pains(redirected from for 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.
See also: pain