go to (great) pains to (do something)

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go to (great) pains to (do something)

To put forth a significant amount of time, energy, and effort to do or accomplish something. I went to great pains to get this party organized, so don't make some lame excuse about not coming! I always go to pains to make sure my students understand the material in a comprehensive manner.
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Photographs were taken by Brian Morris, who accompanied Jellinek on trips around the country and to America, as the author went to pains to physically examine virtually every piece mentioned.
All is well: USC went to pains to prove that no controversy existed over White's reduced role against Hawaii.
It also went to pains to reassure dealers that the joint venture will provide a secure future for them and for the company.