cruising for a bruising

cruising for a bruising

slang Acting in a way that is likely to result in punishment or harm. Often shortened colloquially as "cruisin' for a bruisin'." Oh, you're cruising for a bruising if you keep talking to me like that! Did you hear the way he insulted the boss during our meeting? He's really cruisin' for a bruisin'.
See also: bruise, cruise
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cruising for a bruising

 and cruisin' for a bruisin'
Sl. asking for trouble. You are cruising for a bruising, you know that? Who's cruisin' for a bruisin'?
See also: bruise, cruise
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cruising for a bruising

heading or looking for trouble. informal, chiefly North American
1998 Times The problem…is the unrealistic value of the Hong Kong dollar…it has been cruising for a bruising for most of last year.
See also: bruise, cruise
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cruisin’ for a bruisin’

verb

cruising for a bruising

and cruisin’ for a bruisin’
in. asking for trouble. You are cruising for a bruising, you know that?
See also: bruise, cruise
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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And as for Chelski, if they're cruising for a bruising we might just be the team to give it to them.
Looks like these sailors were cruising for a bruising on the high seas.
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But Fergie, a patriotic Scot hardly known for his bias towards the English, predicted Voller's men were cruising for a bruising.