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ask for trouble

To do something or act in a manner that will very likely result in trouble, difficulty, or danger. (Usually used in the past or present continuous tense.) Those kids were just asking for trouble when they went trespassing on my property, and now trouble is what they'll get! I know you're annoyed at your boss for making you come in on the weekend, but don't go asking for trouble!
See also: ask, trouble

ask for trouble

 and look for trouble
Fig. to seem to be trying to get into trouble; to do something that would cause trouble; to do or say something that will cause trouble. Stop talking to me that way, John. You're just asking for trouble. The guard asked me to leave unless I was looking for trouble.
See also: ask, trouble

ˈask for trouble/it

(informal) (usually used in the progressive tenses) behave in a way that is likely to result in problems: They’re asking for trouble, leaving young children alone in the house like that.She’s really asking for it, the way she comes in late every day.
See also: ask, trouble
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"Otherwise you are asking for trouble if the club appoints someone above his head."
You've also bought a car from a dealer without a warranty, which is asking for trouble. Since the tyre, door, safety belt and indicators are part of the MoT, you have the right to reject the Vectra because it's unroadworthy.
Steve Wearne, Director of the Food Standards Agency in Wales said: "We all hate to waste food, but by eating week-old turkey from the fridge, you could be asking for trouble. For the very young, elderly or those with an underlying illness, it could be fatal."
Encouraging little girls to wear sexually provocative clothes is asking for trouble and is irresponsible.
NOW this is asking for trouble! This year's presenters of The Brit Awards (ITV1, Wednes- day), a live show which starts well before the watershed, are Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, not exactly known for their ability to think before they speak.
Andre Agassi had a hard week in Los Angeles, so buyers of his game supremacy at 5.5 are asking for trouble.
As for Perry's bleating about the penalty, he should know that if you leave your foot in like that you are asking for trouble - and he certainly got that.
BASING a musical in the world of chess is asking for trouble.
If you mistime a lunging tackle under Attwell's nose, you are asking for trouble. As Sunderland captain, Cattermole (right) should have known that.
Putting a fluff-filled magazine show on in prime-time is asking for trouble.
I want to get back out onto the field as quickly as possible, and a long trip like this is just asking for trouble.
Super quangos like this one designed specifically to ride roughshod over local opinion are asking for trouble. Presumably MPs were too busy 'flipping' their second homes, getting their belfries done up, moats cleaned out, or admiring their floating duck houses, to bother about the draconian legislation this government was sneaking through.
Still, some owners are asking for trouble. One story fromthis report is that of a border collie whose wagging tale knocked a glass of red wine over a pounds 3,000 cream carpet two days after it had been laid.
What he's doing is assault, and carrying scissors around in his pocket is asking for trouble. Aside from that, this obsession is likely to be affecting his relationships too.
CLARE is asking for trouble as she causes chaos, telling Calvin about Louise's abortion and accusing Max of abusing Tom.