be worth someone's while

if it is worth your while to do something, you can get some benefit or advantage from doing it even though it may take some time or effort

It's not worth their while when most of their profits go in taxes.

it is worth someone's while to do something:

It's not really worth my while to paint the garage for £150.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • be worth someone's while — be worth someone’s while phrase if it is worth your while to do something, you can get some benefit or advantage from doing it even though it may take some time or effort It’s not worth their while when most of their profits go in taxes. it is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make it worth someone's while — (informal) To pay someone well for his or her trouble • • • Main Entry: ↑while * * * make it worth someone’s while mainly spoken phrase to pay a reward to someone for doing something I promise I’ll make this worth your while. Thesaurus: to spend… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make it worth someone's while — mainly spoken to pay a reward to someone for doing something I promise I ll make this worth your while …   English dictionary

  • while — [hwīl, wīl] n. [ME < OE hwil, akin to Ger weile < IE base * kweye , to rest > L quies, quiet] a period or space of time [a short while] conj. 1. during or throughout the time that [we waited while she dined] 2. at the same time that… …   English World dictionary

  • worth — worth1 [ wɜrθ ] adjective Worth usually follows the verb to be and is always followed by either a noun, pronoun, or number, or by the ing form of a verb: The painting is probably worth thousands of dollars. It was a difficult trip, but it was… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • worth — I UK [wɜː(r)θ] / US [wɜrθ] adjective *** Summary: Worth usually follows the verb to be and is always followed by either a noun, pronoun, or number, or by the ing form of a verb: The painting is probably worth thousands of pounds. ♦ It was a… …   English dictionary

  • worth — [[t]wɜ͟ː(r)θ[/t]] ♦♦ 1) v link worth amount If something is worth a particular amount of money, it can be sold for that amount or is considered to have that value. These books might be worth ₤80 or ₤90 or more to a collector... His mother… …   English dictionary

  • worth — 1 preposition 1 be worth to have a value in money: How much is the ring worth? | be worth 10/$500 etc: The picture is worth about two thousand pounds. | be worth a lot informal (=be worth a lot of money) | be worth nothing/not be worth anything:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • worth — worth1 W2S1 [wə:θ US wə:rθ] prep [: Old English; Origin: weorth worthy, of a particular value ] 1.) be worth sth a) to have a value in money ▪ The house must be worth quite a lot of money now. ▪ One of the pictures is worth £50,000. ▪ Do you know …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • while — while1 W1S1 [waıl] conj 1.) during the time that something is happening ▪ They arrived while we were having dinner. ▪ While she was asleep, thieves broke in and stole her handbag. ▪ She met Andy while working on a production of Carmen. see usage… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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