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Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?
Speaking on a German news talk show on Sunday evening, de Maiziere took pains to distance himself from "irresponsible speculation" about terror threats published by weekly news magazine Der Spiegel and other news outlets.
Hayward was an admirable letter-writer, and knowing his talent took pains with his letters. (W. S. Maugham, “Of Human Bondage”)
It was disconcerting to have taken pains to spare someone else’s feelings only to find they didn’t exist. (R. Aldington, “All Men Are Enemies”)
...he was not going to lose what he had taken such pains to obtain. (R. Aldington, "Women Must Work")
take pains = exert great efforts to do something; do one’s best; be in pains
Thanks for your efforts.
Johnsontake pains = exert (? - make?) great efforts to do something; do one’s best;
be in pains