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 for pains
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pains \Pains\ (p[=a]nz), n.
     Labor; toilsome effort; care or trouble taken; -- plural in
     form, but used with a singular or plural verb, commonly the
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           And all my pains is sorted to no proof.  --Shak.
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           The pains they had taken was very great. --Clarendon.
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           The labored earth your pains have sowed and tilled.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an effortful attempt to attain a goal [syn: striving,
           nisus, pains, strain]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "pains":
     assiduity, assiduousness, diligence, effort, elbow grease,
     endeavor, energy, exertion, hard pull, industriousness, industry,
     long pull, might and main, muscle, nerve and sinew, painstaking,
     painstakingness, sedulousness, thoroughgoingness, thoroughness,

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