to be asking for trouble


to be likely to cause problems or difficulties for yourself.


Hitching a lift is asking for trouble.

Drinking before driving is asking for trouble.

Phil wondered why Deegan was always looking for trouble.

Giving him such a powerful car when he’s only just learned to drive is asking for trouble.

Stop talking to me that way, John. You’re just asking for trouble.

The guard asked me to leave unless I was looking for trouble.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt during the years I’ve been doing my current job, it’s that I should never try to update the website and send a virus alert within an hour of going home – it’s just asking for trouble.

Pointing the finger and shouting in someone’s face, that’s asking for trouble.

But war without end is not a policy; it’s asking for trouble.