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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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 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.
He took the trouble to walk three miles to send the reply to it from another office."
"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.
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.
So it was with some surprise and much pleasure that another Mail favourite of mine took the trouble to pay me a visit.
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.
THE immediate concern is not that only one out of 10 took the trouble to come back and say thanks; it is rather that the very best of us are only about one tenth as grateful for things such as health as we might be.
From the moment they arrived, everyone involved in the racing that day took the trouble to explain to them what they did and how it all contributed to making racing what it is.
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