be at pains
Definition of be at pains
: to try hard (to do something) They were at pains to distance themselves from the scandal.
Word by Word Definitions
: usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury)
: a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, received by naked nerve endings, characterized by physical discomfort (as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leading to evasive action
: to make suffer or cause distress to : hurt
: to put (oneself) to trouble or exertion
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