take (great) pains

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Definition of take (great) pains

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

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“Take (great) pains.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20%28great%29%20pains. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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