at pains

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

at pains

  1. (idiomatic, with infinitive) Making careful effort (to).
    The agency has been at pains to stress that its decisions are still based on sound science.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Emphasis is by using an adjective to modify "pains", commonly "great". He was at great pains to distance himself from the rumours.


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