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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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