English version

spare somebody the trouble/difficulty/pain etc (of doing something)

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishspare somebody the trouble/difficulty/pain etc (of doing something)spare somebody the trouble/difficulty/pain etc (of doing something)PREVENTto prevent someone from having to experience something difficult or unpleasant I wanted to spare them the trouble of buying me a present. Thankfully, she had been spared the ordeal of surgery. spare
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