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ask for

1. To request something. I asked for that report days ago!
2. slang To act in a way that warrants the punishment or other repercussions that follow. In this usage, "ask for" is a set phrase, usually followed by "it." Did you draw on the wall? Oh, you're asking for it now! Mary is a very patient person, so if she dumped Phil, he must have asked for it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ask someone for something

 
1. to request something from someone. The diners asked the waiter for a type of wine the restaurant didn't have. A special wine was asked for by a number of patrons.
2. and ask someone to something to invite someone to something. Janet asked us to a party Friday evening. Janet asked us for dinner.
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ask for someone or something

to request someone or something; to ask that someone come forth. The police are at the door asking for Henry. The child asked for a glass of water.
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ask for something (bad or dire)

to act badly, such that one will bring on bad consequences. If you keep misbehaving, you'll be asking for punishment. You're really asking for it!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ask for

Also, ask for it. To persist in an action despite the likelihood that it will bring trouble on oneself, as in Speeding as much as he does, he has been asking for a ticket and Mary deserved that low grade; in effect, she asked for it by not studying. [c. 1900] Also see ask for the moon.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ask for

v.
1. To make a request for something: I can't solve the problem alone, so I'm asking for help.
2. To request someone's presence: I called the front desk and asked for Chris Smith.
3. To behave in a way that is viewed as provoking or inviting some outcome, usually one that is negative: You are asking for an accident by driving so fast!
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ask for

it/trouble Informal
To persist in an action despite the likelihood that it will result in difficulty or punishment.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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So do what you need to do to become comfortable asking for those commitments.
Asking for feedback makes the professor a stakeholder in the instruction.
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"He's been asking God to change him, and perhaps he should have been asking for acceptance of who God made him to be."
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This health talk opened up with the gym teacher asking for definitions of health, and, after receiving these, informing us that health is in the eye of the beholder.
And to some who distinguish condescendingly that the psalm singers were usually asking for spiritual favors, not relief from arthritic pain or for help in passing a final exam, we need only turn to the Bible stories.
According to professional consultant and speaker Jim Charette, many people take a passive approach to what they want rather than the active one of asking for it.