trouble (one) for (something)

trouble (one) for (something)

To burden or inconvenience one to give or provide something. Excuse me, could I trouble you for some spare change? I'm a bit short for my bus fare. Don't be afraid to trouble your team for progress reports—you've got to stay on top of production, after all!
See also: for, trouble
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trouble someone for something

to ask someone to pass something or give something. (Usually a question.) Could I trouble you for the salt? Could I trouble you for some advice?
See also: for, trouble
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

trouble someone for

Politely ask for something, as in May I trouble you for a drink of water? This idiom uses trouble in the sense of "disturb." [Mid-1800s]
See also: for, someone, trouble
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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