go to the trouble

go to the trouble

To make the effort to do something. Oh, you didn't have to go to the trouble of preparing the guest bedroom for me—I could have just slept on the couch!
See also: trouble

go to the trouble (of doing something)

 and go to the trouble (to do something); go to the bother (of doing something); go to the bother (to do something)
to endure the effort or bother of doing something. I really don't want to go to the trouble to cook. Should I go to the bother of cooking something for her to eat? Don't go to the trouble. She can eat a sandwich.
See also: trouble

go to the trouble

Also, take the trouble; go to the bother or the expense . Make the effort or spend the money for something. For example, He went to the trouble of calling every single participant, or She took the trouble to iron all the clothes, or Don't go to the bother of writing them, or They went to the expense of hiring a limousine. [Second half of 1800s] Also see put oneself out.
See also: trouble
References in classic literature ?
I can't go to the trouble of dressing again; I don't feel like it.
Unborn Children are not dolls to play with [bar] WHY would anybody go to the trouble to have IVF and then go abort the child so conceived?
Some people even go to the trouble of spooning a little sugar into the watering can as a further enticement.
Just think how ruinously expensive it will be to draw this legislation up and enforce it and expect private companies to go to the trouble and cost of providing bilingualism.
But seriously how can you go to the trouble of building a stadium at a cost of pounds 798m and then produce a playing surface that is not fit for purpose.
IF the BBC is going to go to the trouble of taking Question Time (BBC1, Thursday) out on the road, why don't they make the most of such a positive policy?
Civil servants also know they're freer to talk during an administration's dying days, since the will for the administration to go to the trouble of firing a civil servant also diminishes.
I've heard that people who have actually checked found this is well more than $100 available if they want to go to the trouble.
ITEM: CNN's Lou Dobbs, during his television show Lou Dobbs Tonight on November 8, scolded opponents of a minimum-wage increase by pointing to initiatives that passed in several states: "When the voters go to the trouble of an initiative .
I just feel disbelief that someone would go to the trouble to come and take them.
He said most terrorists would probably not go to the trouble of trying to enter the country as refugees.
Some farmers, however, still found it easier to buy a container of chemical pesticide, than to go to the trouble of ecological methods.
If you're going to go to the trouble of posting the Tuscon weather on more than one page, then at least be consistent.
There is usually something lacking in people who go to the trouble of recording their lives.
A police insider said: "It does seem like a very odd thing for someone to go to the trouble of stealing.