go to the trouble

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go to the trouble

To make the effort to do something. Oh, you didn't have to go to the trouble of preparing the guest bedroom for me—I could have just slept on the couch!
See also: trouble

go to the trouble (of doing something)

 and go to the trouble (to do something); go to the bother (of doing something); go to the bother (to do something)
to endure the effort or bother of doing something. I really don't want to go to the trouble to cook. Should I go to the bother of cooking something for her to eat? Don't go to the trouble. She can eat a sandwich.
See also: trouble

go to the trouble

Also, take the trouble; go to the bother or the expense . Make the effort or spend the money for something. For example, He went to the trouble of calling every single participant, or She took the trouble to iron all the clothes, or Don't go to the bother of writing them, or They went to the expense of hiring a limousine. [Second half of 1800s] Also see put oneself out.
See also: trouble
References in classic literature ?
I succeeded so well in this endeavor that, in a few days, the creature bestowed upon me various tokens of his favor, and in the end even went to the trouble of teaching me the rudiments of what it was vain enough to denominate its language; so that, at length, I was enabled to converse with it readily, and came to make it comprehend the ardent desire I had of seeing the world.
I believe they went to the trouble of putting an extra amount of garlic into our food, and I can't abide garlic.
He is a communicator, and I know he would show interest despite all his commitments because I went to the trouble of taking some soundings some time ago.
Their media manager Martin Haythorne even went to the trouble of issuing a press release about the skills of resident Mose caterer Jeff the Chef and elevated his snacks above the Pirates Pasty and the Old Deer Park hog roast.
My teacher went to the trouble to give me more work to stimulate my curiosity and interest.
The gentleman with a funny accent, who went to the trouble of cutting the cheese you had for breakfast this morning, is now sharing stories of a ground-breaking initiative from Australia: the Journey of Healing.
THANKS to the man who went to the trouble of returning my purse, which I had accidentally left on the grass at Scammonden Dam, on Sunday.
Instead, they went to the trouble of contacting the man himself to ask him how they should spell his name before wheeling out their all-new banner at the Motherwell game yesterday.
I accidentally wrote this on the back of my resume, but I already went to the trouble of writing this thing out so neatly that I don't want to start over again'," said Sgt Kevin Morton.
SHANGHAI KNIGHTS'' is a sequel that no one really demanded, but since they went to the trouble of creating it, the filmmakers accomplished the rather modest goal of constructing a movie that's a distinct improvement over its predecessor.
But since you went to the trouble of bringing your bolt-cutters to prise them off the wall, and a lorry or van to carry them away, this seems unlikely.
The taxman even went to the trouble of enclosing a pre-paid first class envelope - worth 26p - to help Mr Peter Newman send his payment.
They insult the whole process: the contest organizers, the judges, the other competitors, and, in particular, the few other entrants who went to the trouble to do it right.
We were thrilled that a customer was such a fan that he went to the trouble of creating a widget for us.
The guard found it and went to the trouble of finding out from Orange what my home telephone number was.