ask of

ask (something) of

To request something of another person. I hope she doesn't ask that of me—I'm afraid I won't be able to say no. I'm sorry, but I'm not sure. Ask those questions of the boss.
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ask something of someone or something

to request or demand something from someone, something, or a group. I want to ask something of you. We will ask that of the board of directors. You should ask that of your database.
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References in classic literature ?
This chance did, then, for him at once more than he would have dared to ask of Providence.
Suppose that I carry on the figure of the swarm, and ask of you, What is the nature of the bee?
Major days are like poetry Hanging in the air I ask for honour, I ask for cherish, I ask for proud, I ask of you.
My calm lends me time Crying, calling and seeing Major days are like poetry Hanging in the air I ask for honour, I ask for cherish, I ask for proud, I ask of you.