Definition of Ask for it

1. Verb. Persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble. "He is asking for trouble with his behavior"

Exact synonyms: Ask For Trouble
Generic synonyms: Hang In, Hang On, Hold On, Persevere, Persist

Definition of Ask for it

1. Verb. (&lit ask for it) ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic informal) To provoke an unwanted action. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ask For It

ask-upmark kidney
ask after
ask around
ask for
ask for it (current term)
ask for the moon
ask for trouble
ask in
ask me one on sport
ask my arse
ask out
ask over
ask round
ask the question

Literary usage of Ask for it

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Parliamentary Debatesby Thomas Curson Hansard, Great Britain Parliament by Thomas Curson Hansard, Great Britain Parliament (1825)
"He (lord H.) said, it was the plainest and best way to give relief to them as they came to ask for it. If no danger should appear in doing so, ..."

2. The American Quarterly Register by American Education Society (1837)
"... not by original genius, but by a humble deportment, by indefatigable exertion, and by that blessing of Heaven which is denied to none who ask for it. ..."

3. The Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1837)
"As I am not yet determined whether I shall make any considerable stay, I desire not to have the money you intended me, till I ask for it. ..."

4. A Documentary History of American Industrial Society by American Bureau of Industrial Research, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Eugene Allen Gilmore, John Rogers Commons, Helen Laura Sumner (1910)
"ask for it? Upon what ground do they demand it? They ask for it, as a gift, as a charity, to better their condition, and to enable them to live ..."

5. The History of Rome by Livy (1870)
"It is I, Hannibal, who now solicit peace; who would neither ask for it unless I believed it expedient, nor will I fail to observe it for the same reason of ..."

6. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1920)
"you ask for it. But you won't, Tess; I know you; you'll never ask for it—you'll starve first!' With these words he rode off. ..."

7. The Upper Canada Law Journal and Municipal and Local Courts' Gazette by William S. Hein & Company (1858)
"Nothing more remains for us to do except to direct attention to the Report of the Committee, and ask for it a careful perusal. ..."

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