Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: to try hard (to do something)
We went to great pains not to offend anyone.
Share go to great pains
Resources for go to great pains
go to court
go to extreme/great lengths
go to great pains
go to hell
go to hell in a handbasket
go to law
Comments on go to great pains
What made you want to look up go to great pains? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
full of whispering sounds
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Difficult Vocab Quiz
Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Words from the week of 11/16/2018
This is just to say / Don't confuse them
What exactly is the 'it' being sufficed?
Taking a usage peeve to task
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Another round of challenging vocab!
(Secret October WOTD Quiz)
A game of winding words.