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Be at pains   /bi æt peɪnz/   Listen
Be at pains

Try very hard to do something.  Synonym: take pains.

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"Be at pains" Quotes from Famous Books

... evidently too late to retrace our steps. Experience alone, that supreme educator of peoples, will be at pains to show us our mistake. It alone will be powerful enough to prove the necessity of replacing our odious text-books and our pitiable examinations by industrial instruction capable of inducing our young men to return to the fields, to the workshop, and to the colonial ...
— The Crowd • Gustave le Bon

Words linked to "Be at pains" :   endeavor, strive, endeavour

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