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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