take (great) pains

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take (great) pains

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to seize or capture physically

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

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

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

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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