buy trouble

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buy trouble

To do something that is likely to cause problems later. That kid isn't bullying you, so if you tattle on him to the teacher, you're definitely buying trouble.
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buy trouble

Fig. to encourage trouble; to bring on trouble. (As if certain acts would pay for or cause difficulties that would have to be suffered through.) I don't want to buy trouble. I have enough already. Saying something insulting to him is just buying trouble.
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Assured that "one size fits all," these victims learn many upgrades, overhauls and revamps later that they did not buy productivity--they bought trouble.
PORTADOWN boss Ronnie McFall denies he has bought trouble with midfielder Michael Collins.
But when Gannett bought the Knoxville Journal, it bought trouble.