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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyask for
he/she/itasks for
present participleasking for
past tenseasked for
past participleasked for
  1. 1
    ask for something to speak or write to someone because you want them to give you something

    He’s always reluctant to ask for anyone’s help.

  2. 2
    ask for someone to say that you want someone to come and speak to you

    There’s someone in the shop asking for the manager.

  3. 3
    be asking for something to behave in a way that makes it likely that a particular unpleasant thing will happen to you

    She’s asking for trouble speaking to people like that.

    be asking for it:

    Anyone who drives while they’re drunk is just asking for it.

  4. 4
    someone couldn’t ask for something informal used for emphasizing that something is so good that nothing could be better

    I couldn’t ask for a more caring bunch of people to work with.

    We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

See also main entry: ask

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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