take (great) pains over (something)

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take (great) pains over (something)

To expend a lot of time, effort, and care doing something. Your tutor took great pains over your instruction, but it's obvious that you've totally wasted his time and our money! It's clear that the owners have taken great pains over the interior design of the new restaurant. My grandmother always took pains over her appearance throughout her life, so losing her hair during her cancer treatment was especially difficult for her.
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take (great) pains (to do something)

Fig. to make a great effort to do something. Tom took pains to decorate the room exactly right. We took great pains to get there on time.
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take pains over something

Fig. to deal with something with great care. (See also take pains with someone or something.) She certainly takes pains over her work. You will have to take pains over this if you want it to be done right.
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References in classic literature ?
Elizabeth had the satisfaction of seeing her father taking pains to get acquainted with him; and Mr.
'We are taking pains to preach this message across the state; we can only have a smooth transition when there is peace.''
Brass neck of Prime Minister THERESA May in describing the behaviour of the Scottish Nationalist party for the use of "divisive and obsessive nationalism" in the context of "brexit" would seem to have formed a new distortion to the meaning of what we referred to historically as taking pains to safeguard the best interests of the Scots and their supporters.
Zimbabwe's military is taking pains to show respect for the 93-year-old leader, the world's oldest head of state, by referring to him as the president and commander-in-chief.
Zimbabwe's military is taking pains to show respect for the 93-year-old by referring to him as the president and the commander-in-chief.
Victor Stenger reviews the key developments in the history of science that led to the current consensus view of astrophysicists, taking pains to explain essential concepts and discoveries in accessible terminology.
LAKKI MARWAT -- Information and Public Affairs Minister Shah Farman said that the provincial government was taking pains to solve the problems faced by the journalists.
Prince William is taking pains not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Taking pains to recreate as precise a geographic answer as possible to the question "Where did De Soto go?", Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun retraces De Soto's steps along a map, with supplementary black-and-white photographs and illustrations, recounting De Soto's adventures, perils, and encounters with Native Americans as accurately as possible.
They are challenging the efforts to paint people and politicians who speak for LGBT rights as somehow ungodly, and they are taking pains to show the face of a very different religious world, one in which we are all, to paraphrase these clergymen and women, God's children.
John Paul is breathing on his own and is not suffering from pneumonia, the Vatican said, taking pains to cast his condition in a positive light.
While taking pains to establish a viable position on iSCSI (more of a placeholder for future moves) Fibre Channel vendors introduced lower cost FC systems for the entry-level and midrange segment in an effort to win some of the mid-range market that iSCSI is claiming.