go to great pains

Definition of go to great pains

:to try hard (to do something)
  • We went to great pains not to offend anyone.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

great play
  1. : notably large in size : huge

  2. : of a kind characterized by relative largeness

  3. : elaborate, ample

  1. : in a great manner : well

  1. : an outstandingly superior or skillful person

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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