Definition of borrow trouble in US English:

borrow trouble


North American
  • Take needless action that may have detrimental effects.

    • ‘I suppose I'm borrowing trouble, but has anyone thought about how to forgive and move on, one way or another?’
    • ‘It's not borrowing trouble to consider the possibility that he might not come home when this is all over.’
    • ‘Perhaps her mother was just borrowing trouble, as she was prone to doing.’
    • ‘Like I said before, let's not borrow trouble, Lisa.’
    • ‘Criticizing such antics is an easy game as it seems that they borrow trouble where some care and research would prevent such energetic conflicts.’