be at pains

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

pain play pains
  1. : punishment

  2. : usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (such as a disease or an injury)

  3. : acute mental or emotional distress or suffering : grief

  1. : to make suffer or cause distress to : hurt

  2. : to put (oneself) to trouble or exertion

  3. : suffer


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