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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"Most people in this business are afraid of their shadow and they go to great pains to say nothing, but David's not like that," said Jim Bianco, who runs his own economic research firm.
These are the authors of "Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want" (And is it such a big leap to also go further: what employees really want?) Gilmore and Pine go to great pains in their book to expose us to what The Dude simply lived as a matter of personal expression.
While Trump did go to great pains in his speech to say his policy was more robust than that offered by the previous White House administration, the training of Afghanistan's military and security services has been a key element since Nato's intervention there 15 years ago.
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.
They go to great pains every year to keep their titles fully up to date, economical, thoroughly 'user friendly', and imminently portable.
Carol Rifelj argues that whereas fashion manuals required that women go to great pains (literally) to create an image of effortless beauty, literary narratives often implied, conversely, that the ideal woman is most beautiful when her suffering is desublimated, and manifest in sartorial disarray.
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.
But Gwyneth, 35, told Glamour magazine that they value their privacy so much they go to great pains NOT to be seen.
THOUGH MANY HOOSIERS go to great pains to recycle whenever possible, we're still sending a bunch of garbage to landfills.
It gets the things it does cover right - well, industrious statisticians go to great pains to get them right.
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.