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To do something that is unnecessary and likely to cause problems later. That kid isn't bullying you, so if you tattle on him to the teacher, you're definitely borrowing trouble.
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Fig. to worry needlessly; to make trouble for oneself. Worrying too much about death is just borrowing trouble. Do not get involved with politics. That's borrowing trouble.
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Go out of one's way to do something that may be harmful, as in Just sign the will-telling her about it ahead of time is borrowing trouble. [Mid-1800s] Also see ask for, def. 2.
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borrow troubletake needless action that may have bad effects. North American
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To take an unnecessary action that will probably engender adverse effects.
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- buy trouble
- burn (one's) bridges in front of (one)
- burn bridges in front of
- going to tattle
- snitches get stitches (and end up in ditches)
- snitches get stitches and wind up in ditches
- go to the expense of (something)
- go to the expense of something/of doing something
- blow (something) out of (all) proportion