take (great) pains

Definition of take (great) pains

  1. :  to try hard (to do something) He took (great) pains to explain the situation to us.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

greatplay
  1. :  notably large in size :  huge

    :  elaborate, ample

    :  large in number or measure :  numerous

  1. :  in a great manner :  well

  1. :  an outstandingly superior or skillful person

painplay pains
  1. :  punishment

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

    :  a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, received by naked nerve endings, characterized by physical discomfort (such as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leading to evasive action

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

    :  to put (oneself) to trouble or exertion

    :  suffer


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