One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’’
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