go to (great) pains to (do something)

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go to (great) pains to (do something)

To put forth a significant amount of time, energy, and effort to do or accomplish something. I went to great pains to get this party organized, so don't make some lame excuse about not coming! I always go to pains to make sure my students understand the material in a comprehensive manner.
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It goes without saying that not every car from countries that suffer from floods, or have flood-hit areas, is necessarily damaged, but many of the vehicles that are may not have outward signs of flooding, especially when traders go to great pains to hide them.
AT THOMAS HEPBURN Community Academy, the staff go to great pains to reward those who make the most of their time at Thomas Hepburn Community Academy.
White House officials go to great pains to show Obama is on top of world events even when he is on fundraising trips or family vacations.
I go to great pains to say that Rick is very different from me, but no-one believes that
Companies go to great pains to establish product markups justifying specific profit margin objectives.
As Barron's so aptly noted in quoting a Wall Street market strategist, "investors 'will go to great pains to avoid repeating the most recently made mistakes.
THOUGH MANY HOOSIERS go to great pains to recycle whenever possible, we're still sending a bunch of garbage to landfills.
Last week, for only the second time in my life (the first when some ignorant newsreader or other pronounced the Welsh word castell as casTEL - well they go to great pains to ensure that any words from anywhere else in the world are pronounced correctly), I stood on my soapbox and called to complain.
However, being aware of this, both books go to great pains to not become dogmatic and to show useful approaches and tools that can be incorporated into any development approach.
You go to great pains to say that religion is about relationships, but that in this context "relationship" is not a friendly, fuzzy word.
While broadcast journalists go to great pains to correctly pronounce terrorist groups or villages in far flung corners of the world, Wales, it seems, is fair game for a cheerful stab at phonetics.
Although each is interested in theory and econometrics, the authors go to great pains to make the book accessible to the general reader.
THE police and government go to great pains to point out that speed cameras are purely for road safety, not to raise revenue.
He said: "At training we pair up on all set-pieces and during five-a-side matches we go to great pains to make sure that we are both on the same side.
Sometimes customers come asking for specific sweets and Russell and Debbie go to great pains to find it for them.