take the trouble to (do something)

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take the trouble to (do something)

To make the effort or go out of one's way to do something. Oh, you didn't have to take the trouble to prepare 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!
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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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