pains(-)taking » pain-staking
Spotted in the wild:
- “After all of my pain-staking labour :) I’ve discovered fontforge will automatically create encoding files for you. (I’m glad I did it all manually coz I learned a fair bit about stuff.)” (link)
- “This will be a pain staking ordeal. Why you may ask well because my ass … So as I begin this pain staking ordeal…” (link)
The first citation was supplied to me by John McChesney-Young on 16 December 2004. Huge numbers of examples can be Googled up.
A nice recutting, suggesting that “take pains to” is either not as widely known as I’d thought or is often not appreciated as the source of “painstaking”.