ask for

ask for
verb
increase the likelihood of (Freq. 4)
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ask for trouble

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invite criticism

Syn: ↑invite
Derivationally related forms: ↑invitation (for: ↑invite)
Hypernyms:
arouse, ↑elicit, ↑enkindle, ↑kindle, ↑evoke, ↑fire, ↑raise, ↑provoke
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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ask for [phrasal verb]
1 ask for (someone) : to request to see or talk to (someone)

Unhappy with the service, he asked for the store manager.

There's someone on the phone asking for you.

2 ask for it informal : to behave in a way that makes someone want to hurt or punish you

You're asking for it, kid! If you keep misbehaving, you're going to get punished.

All right. You asked for it!

3 ask for trouble informal : to behave in a way that is likely to result in trouble

If you invest your money without doing careful research, you're just asking for trouble.

— see also ask for the moon at moon, 1
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Main Entry:ask

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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