Definition of be asking for it (or trouble) in US English:

be asking for it (or trouble)

phrase

informal
  • Behave in a way that is likely to result in difficulty for oneself.

    ‘they accused me of asking for it’
    • ‘Forcing them out in the middle of the night is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘Walking in the dark is asking for trouble as the chosen path may be full of, or littered with obstacles.’
    • ‘Going budget in the jungle is asking for trouble: for every pound you save, you'll get five mosquito bites and a bout of heatstroke.’
    • ‘It was always going to be controversial but to adopt such an extreme, libertarian view is biased and is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘In fact, despite talk about the powerlessness of women, this play seems to tell us that Desdemona was asking for it.’
    • ‘To leave parking badges in the car outside your own front door, especially overnight, is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘Let's face it, passing the shears to gardeners convinced they see a shape within a tree or shrub is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘An unmanned building in an area where there is a lot of problems with unruly behaviour is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘I think this sort of thing is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘Well, they were asking for it, I suppose.’
    • ‘With only half an hour until curtain up at the Odeon, we quickly decide that choosing a dessert would simply be asking for trouble - though it proves to be yet another Promethean struggle to get the bill.’
    • ‘Expecting others, from different backgrounds, to adopt our own ways of doing things is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘I guess the sea air got to the stewards, but really, they were asking for trouble.’
    • ‘Casting the part in real life is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘Any more than that and you were asking for trouble.’
    • ‘Indeed, don't imbibe on an empty stomach, that is asking for trouble.’
    • ‘Of course, these kids were asking for trouble with their actions.’
    • ‘Calling yourself a writer for doing stuff that no one has ever read is asking for it, although actually, people are usually kind and interested.’
    • ‘For example, nobody tells a carjacking victim who drives a nice looking car that he/she was asking for trouble.’
    • ‘It is asking for trouble to stoke up the fires again.’