look for trouble

look for trouble

To do something or act in a manner that will very likely result in trouble, difficulty, or danger. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) Those kids were just looking for trouble when they went trespassing on my property, and now, trouble is what they're going to get! I know you're annoyed at your boss for making you come in on the weekend, but don't go looking for trouble!
See also: look, trouble
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He didn't look for trouble,'' said one area resident, who asked not to be identified.
Greenspan balanced his caution, saying the nation's economic prospects are quite favorable and pointing out that those in his position traditionally look for trouble.