go to the bother

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go to the bother

To make an extra or deliberate effort (to do something). Oh, you didn't have to go to the bother of preparing the guest bedroom for me—I could have just slept on the couch! I knew I should do the dishes before going to bed, but I was too tired to go to the bother.
See also: bother, go
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go to the bother

(of doing something) Go to go to the trouble (of doing something).
See also: bother, go
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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For them not having a job is bad enough, but then to be left in the dark after going to the bother of filling out an application form is another kick in the teeth when you are already feeling down.
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