Go out of one's way to do something that may be harmful, as in Just sign the will—telling her about it ahead of time is borrowing trouble. [Mid-1800s] Also see ask for, def. 2.
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To borrow an old right-wing talking point, these people are angry no matter what we do.
Freedom of speech, then, is sometimes not worth the trouble that comes with it.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.
The Lion Air captain had left his rookie copilot to make the landing until he realized he was in trouble.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For years, Brooke even had trouble finding a publisher for his memoir, which was ultimately accepted by Rutgers University Press.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With the management of these, however, the Earl of Pit Town did not trouble himself.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
At the reserve bank they may borrow as a standing right and not as a favor which may be cut off.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
But you are English, or you are American; and men of those countries never misunderstand a woman, even if she is in trouble.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Brethren are a help in the time of trouble, but mercy shall deliver more than they.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Tobacco requires a great deal of skill and trouble in the right management of it.