verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail close to the wind; luff.
- to sail close to the shore.
Origin of borrow
British Dictionary definitions for borrow trouble (1 of 2)
- living an unexpected extension of life
- close to death
Word Origin for borrow
British Dictionary definitions for borrow trouble (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for borrow trouble
Old English borgian "to lend, be surety for," from Proto-Germanic *borg "pledge" (cf. Old English borg "pledge, security, bail, debt," Old Norse borga "to become bail for, guarantee," Middle Dutch borghen "to protect, guarantee," Old High German boragen "to beware of," German borgen "to borrow; to lend"), from PIE *bhergh- "to hide, protect" (see bury). Sense shifted in Old English to "borrow," apparently on the notion of collateral deposited as security for something borrowed. Related: Borrowed; borrowing.
Idioms and Phrases with borrow trouble (1 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with borrow trouble (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with borrow
- borrow trouble
- beg, borrow, or steal
- on borrowed time