be asking for trouble

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be asking for trouble

To be doing something or acting in a manner that will very likely result in trouble, difficulty, or danger. I'd keep your mouth shut if you want to keep your job; arguing with the boss like that is just asking for trouble! Those kids were asking for trouble when they went trespassing on my property, and now trouble is what they'll get!
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be asking for trouble

to behave stupidly in a way that is likely to cause problems for you Drinking and driving is just asking for trouble.
See also: ask, trouble