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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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Money Watch (BBC Two, 8pm) ANYBODY calling themselves an "expert" in economics is asking for trouble these days.
Anybody calling themselves an 'expert' in economics is asking for trouble these days.
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.
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.
Encouraging little girls to wear sexually provocative clothes is asking for trouble and is irresponsible.
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.
We're putting drivers on notice: if you drink and drive during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, you're asking for trouble," said Steve Simmons, TxDOT's Deputy Executive Director.
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.
What he's doing is assault, and carrying scissors around in his pocket is asking for trouble.
CLARE is asking for trouble as she causes chaos, telling Calvin about Louise's abortion and accusing Max of abusing Tom.
ALL-DAY chip shops are asking for trouble compared with the rare specialists which aim for quality by limiting their hours.
To turn a deaf ear will be asking for trouble and simply prolong the simmering anger this issue has created.
Apart from disappointing the new gaffer straight away, Beckham's form has dipped in recent months and any bighitters taking the short price that he keeps his place at the biggest club side in the world are asking for trouble.