for 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.
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.
It does an even more thorough job of watching for trouble, a more comprehensive job of preventing trouble, and a more complete job of responding to those inevitable troubles that occur regardless.
Intel plans integration with the leading enterprise help desk providers through its work on industry proposed standards for trouble ticket and knowledge base technology.