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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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