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.
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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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He had gone to the bother of buying a jersey for a stranger."
If an International crime Syndicate have gone to the bother of hacking the system or torturing me with electrodes to get the magic words, then surely asking for the first, seventh and ninth letter of my user name ain't gonna stop them in their tracks.
I've held my hands up but they've still gone to the bother of writing a report and having a committee over something as trivial as seven envelopes being put in the wrong pile.
Dr Martin MacGregor, a Scottish history lecturer at Glasgow University, said: "I suppose the campaign has cost Drambuie a fair amount of money, so you would think they might have gone to the bother of checking their facts.
Ministers can moan about a politically inspired campaign and the public not really understanding what is being proposed, but the fact remains that more than 1.6 million people have gone to the bother of registering their opposition to road pricing on the Downing Street website - a blunt, but impressive, exercise in democracy.
"Otherwise, he would not have gone to the bother of contacting me."
No wonder she has gone to the bother of writing and producing laminated posters.
Mairead Lyons says that many are still unsure of how to use a condom, even after they have gone to the bother of purchasing them.
"Some had sent cheques, others had gone to the bother of buying postal orders and others had put cash in the envelopes."
It does of course (hurt) when you're just dismissed off hand by people who don't know any better or haven't gone to the bother of doing their homework and finding out what London are all about.
Sorry Faye, but if this lot were going to execute you they wouldn't have gone to the bother of preparing a made-to-measure pine casket in advance.
The shell-suited ned sitting in a family restaurant who'd gone to the bother of learning how to insult the Pope in Italian and was belting it out at the top of his voice?
In fact, it wasn't until Friday night that I discovered someone had gone to the bother of giving the move a name.
You should be very flattered he's gone to the bother of asking you out, not once but twice, as it takes a lot of courage at any age to risk being rejected.