take the trouble

take the trouble (to do something)

to make an effort to do something (that one might not otherwise do). I wish I had taken the trouble to study this matter more carefully. I just didn't have enough time to take the trouble.
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THE Bates took the trouble to write a long letter (Mail, February 16) to complain about their experience as disabled travellers at Birmingham Airport, but did they take the trouble to pre-book assistance when booking their holiday and go direct to the assistance desk before checking in?
So low, in fact, that the winners are often determined by whose supporters actually take the trouble to come out and vote.
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