(to) “Ask For It”

(Metaphorical Verb-Phrase)

You Asked For It - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!his is a fairly common phrase which you may have heard before.  This phrase is used, quite often, when someone is about to get punched in the face (or suffer the results of some sort of “bad” situation which they themselves created.)  The other person (who might not really WANT to punch the first guy — but who has a sinking feeling that it is going to happen anyway) might say…

Dude, You Are REALLY Askin’ For It!…

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!r perhaps the dude already got punched in the face and is now very surprised at the status of his current situation.  So then the person who punched him — or anyone else who may have been watching might say…

Dude, You Were Totally Askin’ For It!…

Knocked-Out - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!


“(To) Ask for it” — This is a Metaphorical Verb-Phrase which is used to say that some person has caused (“asked for”) whatever condition he or she is now experiencing (“it”) as a result of his or her previous or current actions.

Basically, It Is A Way Of Saying To The Other Person…

You — by your behavior — are very-much provoking me.  And if you do not stop — you are going to experience a very un-pleasant situation, which will not be MY fault (even if it is me who causes you the harm you deserve.)  Instead — the blame will lie completely with YOU for having pushed me to the point of un-wantingly causing you physical pain or somehow helping to create a situation that will be quite un-pleasant for you….  Essentially — you are behaving in a way as if you were actually ASKING FOR the punishment that I am about to deliver.

You Also Asked For It - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

This Asshole Was Asking For A LOT More Than He Got…  Who The Hell Kicks A Kid?!?!?!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!his phrase — when used before-hand — is essentially a warning to the other person to STOP whatever it is that he or she is doing;  that if he or she does not — then he or she may suffer the consequences of his or her actions.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!f used after-the-fact, it serves as a way for the person who served the punishment to relinquish any responsibility or guilt for the situation (whether true or not) as the person Asking For It provoked the situation, and may not have deserved a warning (like in the image above.)


(To) “Ask for it” — can be used with any Impersonal or Personal Pronoun or Name (He, She, It, They, You, We, Bob, Susan, etc.) and can be used in almost any Verb-Tense — but is, usually, only used in the Present Continuous or the Past Simple Verb-Tense.

Bully Asked For It - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

It Is Always Beautiful When Assholes Get What They Ask For

Past Simple:  “Well, the little punk was asking for it by messing with someone three times his size.”


Present Continuous:  “That little punk is asking for it!  He’s going to get the sh!t kicked out of him if he doesn’t knock it off.”.

Other Uses:

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!ou may also find this phrase in American TV commercials or advertisements on the internet.  In these cases, it is almost alway meant in a good way.  For example if a company has a product that they discontinue, and then the customers literally ask for it, or if the company comes up with a NEW product based on customers needs, then the phrase could be used in the commercials like:

“You Asked For It…  You Got It!”


(however — in this form, it is no-longer being used Metaphorically, because the people Literally asked for it)

P.S.  —  The Metaphorical version of this phrase is not always about getting punched in the face or body-slammed on the pavement.  It can be about the results of any “bad” situation.  But I couldn’t find any GIFs about getting fired from your job or thrown in prison.  😉

Have An Excellent Day!


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