at pains
{adj. phr.} Making a special effort. * /At pains to make a good impression, she was prompt for her appointment./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at pains — {adj. phr.} Making a special effort. * /At pains to make a good impression, she was prompt for her appointment./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at pains — adjective Making careful effort (to). The agency has been at pains to stress that its decisions are still based on sound science …   Wiktionary

  • at\ pains — adj. phr. Making a special effort. At pains to make a good impression, she was prompt for her appointment …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at pains to do something — at pains to (do something ) making an effort to do something. The management was at pains to stress that there are no plans for closing the factory. He was at pains to show he does not favor the change …   New idioms dictionary

  • at pains to — (do something ) making an effort to do something. The management was at pains to stress that there are no plans for closing the factory. He was at pains to show he does not favor the change …   New idioms dictionary

  • be at pains — • to take pains • be at pains (from Idioms in Speech) to take the trouble to get something or do something; to try to do something ... a queer, penetrating look mingled, too, with intelligent interest which, as our eyes met, he took pains to… …   Idioms and examples

  • be at pains — verb try very hard to do something • Syn: ↑take pains • Hypernyms: ↑endeavor, ↑endeavour, ↑strive • Verb Frames: Somebody s to INFINITIVE * * * TRY HARD, make a great effort, take ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • be at pains to do something — be at pains (to do something) to try very hard to make sure that you tell someone the correct information about something and that they understand it. The management was at great pains to stress that there are no plans for closing down the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • be at pains — (to do something) to try very hard to make sure that you tell someone the correct information about something and that they understand it. The management was at great pains to stress that there are no plans for closing down the factory …   New idioms dictionary

  • be at pains to do something — phrase to try very hard to do something The solicitor was at pains to explain the effects of his client’s plea. Thesaurus: to try hard to do or get somethingsynonym Main entry: pain …   Useful english dictionary

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