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be at pains

To put forth effort toward some goal or end. Annabelle is at pains to make sure her relatives are comfortable when they come to visit. So far, she's cleaned the whole house and set up all the guest rooms.
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be at (great) pains to do something

put a lot of effort into doing something correctly: The manager was at great pains to point out that no one would lose their job after reorganization.She was at pains to make us feel welcome in her home.
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I was and am at pains to say that Dan Smith was guilty of wrong-doing, but it is my contention that he was not guilty of the crime for which he was imprisoned.
It may feel like it when you get beaten but I am at pains to point out it is not.
In order to sustain this Pollyanna caricature, Palattella cuts from my discussion of Owen and Jarrell any hint of the real conflicts and unresolved tensions about war and bloodshed that I am at pains to show.
HAVING followed the great rugby debate in the Echo, I am at pains to understand the arguments put forward by those fanatical fans of the big, so-called premier, clubs.
While I am at pains to dodge the tourist traps, I was reminded recently that it pays to keep exploring the city, and that it is easy to become blase about the architectural wonders tucked around Victorian corners.
The way the two strands of narratives entwine is skilfully and sensitively done and I am at pains here not to spoil the reader's pleasure by divulging too much of what follows.