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verb (preposition)
to try to obtain by requestinghe asked for help
(intr) informal to behave in a provocative manner that is regarded as inviting (trouble)she's asking for trouble; you're asking for it
Scot to ask aftertell 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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