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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Because of this I am commonly thought of as a comedian, which I often go to pains to deny.
"This movie is about this story that took place, and it's true, and I go to pains to contextualise it and to try to be even-handed in a way that just means we're taking a cold, hard look at the facts," he added.
Mack and Champlin also go to pains to lay out a chapter-by-chapter epilogue account of which moments were actual history and which were fictional.
The tenderness with which he recalls Ned would certainly lead audiences to question Barrymore's romantic leanings if the play didn't go to pains to insist on his heterosexuality.