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at pains Explained

at pains at English (WD) Of Explained:


Prepositional phrase

Inter: en-PP » at pains
  • Inter: idiomatic » with infinitive Making careful effort (to).
    1. : The agency has been at pains to stress that its decisions are still based on sound science.

      Usage notes

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


      Inter: trans-top » making careful effort

  • French: Inter: t- » fr|faire tout son possible pour

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m


    * pinatas, taipans

    Related words:

    At par  At pawn  At peace  at peace with  At pleasure  At point  At present