worth (one's) while

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worth (one's) while

Beneficial and not a waste of one's time. I was reluctant to do research at a different library, but it turned out to be totally worth my while, as they had a ton of books on my topic! Will you drive me to the party tonight? I'll make it worth your while—how about I do your chores for a week?
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worth someone's while

worth one's time and trouble. The job pays so badly it's not worth your while even going for an interview. It's not worth Mary's while going all that way just for a one-hour meeting.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

worth one's while

1. Merit one's time or efforts, as in It's hardly worth your while to count the transactions; it can be done by computer. [Late 1600s]
2. make something worth one's while. Compensate one for one's time or efforts, as in If you take care of our yard while we're away, I'll make it worth your while. [Mid-1800s] Both usages employ while in the sense of "a period of time spent."
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

(well) worth your ˈwhile (to do something)

interesting or useful to do: It would be well worth your while to come to the meeting.
See also: while, worth
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