take the trouble

take the trouble

To make the effort or go out of one's way (to do something). Usually followed by "to do something" or "of doing something." Oh, you didn't have to take the trouble of preparing the guest bedroom for me—I could have just slept on the couch! Your father took the trouble to cook this delicious meal, and now you are going to sit down and eat it! Thank you for the detailed instructions you wrote out for me, but you shouldn't have taken the trouble—I could have just looked it up on my phone!
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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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