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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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I could not but note the unnecessary harshness and brutality with which her guards treated her; so different from the almost maternal kindliness which Sola manifested toward me, and the respectful attitude of the few green Martians who took the trouble to notice me at all.
Even Lady Middleton took the trouble of being delighted, which was putting herself rather out of her way; and as for the Miss Steeles, especially Lucy, they had never been so happy in their lives as this intelligence made them.
Pursuing the light so fortunately hit upon, and finding the concurrent testimony of the whole of Mrs General's acquaintance to be of the pathetic nature already recorded, Mr Dorrit took the trouble of going down to the county of the county-widower to see Mrs General, in whom he found a lady of a quality superior to his highest expectations.
He took the trouble to walk three miles to send the reply to it from another office."
Passing the end of the slight elevation of earth upon which the dead man's head and shoulders lay, his foot struck some hard substance under the rotting forest leaves, and he took the trouble to kick it into view.
What his business was he did not say; but after his engagement to Winnie he took the trouble to get up before noon, and descending the basement stairs, make himself pleasant to Winnie's mother in the breakfast- room downstairs where she had her motionless being.
"I want to thank everyone who took the trouble to write in and make their views known," she said.
But some good citizen in Honley found them in the street and took the trouble to put them in an envelope, stamp it and send it to the organisers, telling them where they had been found.
Since he took the trouble to have the stunt recorded on a mobile phone, that would presumably provide enough legal evidence.
I received many tokens anonymously through the post and the club is extremely grateful to all those who took the trouble to collect these and donate them to us.
It is such a great pity our Labour councillor did not join in and work for the people who took the trouble to vote for him to represent us.
If councillors took the trouble s in the suburbs have the space to store bins.
The cards have a picture of the royal couple with their newborn son outside the Lido Wing of St Mary's Hospital on the front, and a message that reads: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were most touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of the birth of their son Prince George.
I was particularly touched that rugby fanatic Christopher Knight (pictured) even took the trouble to dress up.
Kalpna Lad, Tiny Teddies business development manager, said: "Two representatives for Comic Relief took the trouble to come up from London and they said they had never received such a large amount from a nursery before and that we'll be used as an example.
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