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take pains

see: at pains
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  • You are an enigma—but I will take pains and not rest till I solve you.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He did take pains to ascertain that they were legally married, but that was all.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • They should, therefore, take pains to seek every possible opportunity of cultivating poise.

  • Here, again, the only precaution is to take pains in selecting the site.

  • "I'll take pains not to go down ahead of you again, or to follow you up a ladder," grunted Darrin suspiciously.

  • He had that true genius, which is defined as "the ability to take pains."

  • Were any one to take pains to give him aid, and let down a rope; "How do you know, but he threw himself in hither on purpose?"

  • When we went to bed that night father did not take pains to lock the Indian in.

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