for trouble

for (all) one's trouble

In exchange for the effort that one has made. Usually, the "reward" that such effort yields is negative. A: "But you've been so much better about getting to work on time!" B: "Yep, and all I got for my trouble was the boss criticizing my typing skills instead." And what did I get for all my trouble? A lousy commemorative pin.
See also: trouble

for (all) one's trouble

in spite of one's efforts; in return for one's efforts. (Implies that the "trouble" was not worth taking, or was harmful.) He got a punch in the jaw for all his trouble. For her trouble, she got only honorable mention.
See also: trouble
References in classic literature ?
It is certain, so many overthrown estates, so many votes for troubles. Lucan noteth well the state of Rome before the Civil War,
Another way to explain the relative higher shareholders' fund/total assets ratio for trouble a firms, is that troubled firms usually have more difficulty in attracting outside funds.
NoFauxxx.com was a modest success for Trouble, riding the coattails of the alt-porn revolution.
The head of Good Releasing saw a rough cut of Roulette and not only offered to distribute it for Trouble, but also wanted to sign her on as a director for their proposed new line of queer-themed films, Real Queer Productions.
Mobs of fans from both sides roamed Katowice's streets looking for trouble and the Polish skinheads - in bomber jackets and DM boots - were just as keen on a fight as the English "designer yobs".
A spokesman for the National Criminal Intelligence Service said yesterday: "A number of supporters went over there with a view to having a fight and simply roamed the streets looking for trouble."