look for trouble

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look for trouble (third-person singular simple present looks for trouble, present participle looking for trouble, simple past and past participle looked for trouble)

  1. (informal) Deliberately act in a way that's likely to lead to a fight.
    When they showed up, you could tell they were looking for trouble
  2. (informal) Do things that are likely to cause problems.
    If you cut corners on maintenance now, you're just looking for trouble later on.