Definition of look for trouble in US English:

look for trouble

phrase

informal
  • Behave in a way that is likely to provoke an argument or fight.

    ‘youths take a cocktail of drink and drugs before going out to look for trouble’
    • ‘There are madly intoxicated thugs coming onto streets in the small hours apparently looking for trouble and even to make eye contact with them is to invite confrontation of a violent kind.’
    • ‘He said: ‘She did not go out that evening looking for trouble.’’
    • ‘I don't know if they were drunk or just looking for trouble, but some were carrying beer and they started whistling at the girls.’
    • ‘Overall everyone was on good behaviour and if someone was looking for trouble, it was obvious that we had the manpower to deal with it.’
    • ‘Scarlet loves fighting and is always looking for trouble… some say that he dresses in red so that nobody will notice the blood stains on his clothes…’
    • ‘So foxes have an undeserved reputation for aggressive behaviour - they do not look for trouble, they do not pick a fight.’
    • ‘You were looking for a fight and you were looking for trouble.’
    • ‘The victim was not looking for trouble and got drawn into a situation because he was trying to calm people down.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, no one stops to ask what happens to Billy Elliot's schoolmates, who are still hanging around outside the chippy of a winter evening looking for trouble instead of jobs.’
    • ‘I've heard of traffic cops pulling kids over just because they were dressed like punks and ‘looked like they were looking for trouble.’’