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I have a French feather-bed there, which I have been at pains to keep these years back.

He received a reproachful look from Mrs. Porter for his pains.

The words, of her age, piqued me; and I spared no pains to make him forget them.

The blood trickled from his forehead; he complained of pains in his side and limbs.

What that principle is may well be worth the pains of enquiry.

It was the head and neck of his own Turkey Gobbler, and that was all he got for his pains.

You can hardly think how kind she is to me, and what pains she takes with me.

Martha had been in once, and had been scolded for her pains.

Then, as he complained of pains and shivering, she became anxious.

He spared no pains in promoting the interests which the State had confided to him.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "punishment," especially for a crime; also "condition one feels when hurt, opposite of pleasure," from Old French peine "difficulty, woe, suffering, punishment, Hell's torments" (11c.), from Latin poena "punishment, penalty, retribution, indemnification" (in Late Latin also "torment, hardship, suffering"), from Greek poine "retribution, penalty, quit-money for spilled blood," from PIE *kwei- "to pay, atone, compensate" (see penal). The earliest sense in English survives in phrase on pain of death.

Phrase to give (someone) a pain "be annoying and irritating" is from 1908; localized as pain in the neck (1924) and pain in the ass (1934), though this last might have gone long unrecorded and be the original sense and the others euphemisms. Pains "great care taken (for some purpose)" is first recorded 1520s (in the singular in this sense, it is attested from c.1300). First record of pain-killer is from 1853.

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