ask for trouble


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Verb1.ask for trouble - persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause troubleask for trouble - persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble; "He is asking for trouble with his behavior"
hang in, persevere, persist, hang on, hold on - be persistent, refuse to stop; "he persisted to call me every night"; "The child persisted and kept asking questions"
References in classic literature ?
You come under lodge discipline if it goes further, and that's a heavy hand in these parts, as Brother Baldwin knows--and as you will damn soon find out, Brother McMurdo, if you ask for trouble!"
YES, loan sharks are loathsome - but don't many of their borrowers simply ask for trouble? The story unfolded this week of Debbie Wilson.
"Too many players thought they had cracked it when we were 2-0 up and started doing things to ask for trouble," he fumed.