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ask for


  1. to try to obtain by requesting

    he asked for help

  2. informal.
    intr to behave in a provocative manner that is regarded as inviting (trouble)

    she's asking for trouble

    you're asking for it

  3. to ask after

    tell your parents I'm asking for them

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Also, ask for it . To persist in an action despite the likelihood that it will bring trouble on oneself, as in Speeding as much as he does, he has been asking for a ticket and Mary deserved that low grade; in effect, she asked for it by not studying . [c. 1900] Also see ask for the moon .


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