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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!
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look for ˈtrouble

behave in a way that is likely to cause an argument, violence, etc: Bored youths hang around outside looking for trouble.
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Officials said one of the suspects told authorities Bexley was the instigator and that he had been looking for trouble.
If the incident occurred as reported, Fehr said after holding a union meeting here with the Angels, ``that would tend to support the view that the umpires are looking for trouble, are looking for confrontations and are out to assert authority for its own sake.
My impression of him was that he was an obnoxious, smart-ass kid who was looking for trouble,'' Cabranes said.
The rationale is that if students remain on campus, they won't be on the street, bored and looking for trouble.
The judge described Oknaian as ``a pretty good kid'' who is ``a respectful son, a student, someone who didn't go out looking for trouble.
It appears that that night the Vineland Boys were out looking for trouble, and they found it.