borrow\ trouble

v. phr.
To worry for nothing about trouble that may not come; make trouble for yourself needlessly.

Don't borrow trouble by worrying about next year. It's too far away.

You are borrowing trouble if you try to tell John what to do.

Compare: ask for, cross a bridges before one comes to them, cry before one is hurt

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • borrow trouble — {v. phr.} To worry for nothing about trouble that may not come; make trouble for yourself needlessly. * /Don t borrow trouble by worrying about next year. It s too far away./ * /You are borrowing trouble if you try to tell John what to do./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • borrow trouble — {v. phr.} To worry for nothing about trouble that may not come; make trouble for yourself needlessly. * /Don t borrow trouble by worrying about next year. It s too far away./ * /You are borrowing trouble if you try to tell John what to do./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • borrow trouble — phrasal : to take upon oneself needless trouble or anxiety if you just stick to your own job you won t be borrowing trouble * * * borrow trouble To behave in such a way as to bring trouble on oneself ● trouble * * * take needless action that may… …   Useful english dictionary

  • borrow trouble — N. Amer. take needless action that may have detrimental effects. → borrow …   English new terms dictionary

  • borrow trouble — phrasal to do something unnecessarily that may result in adverse reaction or repercussions …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • borrow trouble — idi to do something unnecessary that may cause future harm or inconvenience …   From formal English to slang

  • To borrow trouble — Borrow Bor row, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Borrowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Borrowing}.] [OE. borwen, AS. borgian, fr. borg, borh, pledge; akin to D. borg, G. borg; prob. fr. root of AS. beorgan to protect. ?95. See 1st {Borough}.] 1. To receive from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • don't borrow trouble — do not invite their trouble; we have enough trouble    When I said I was going to help my neighbor get a divorce, Pat said, Don t borrow trouble …   English idioms

  • Borrow — Bor row, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Borrowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Borrowing}.] [OE. borwen, AS. borgian, fr. borg, borh, pledge; akin to D. borg, G. borg; prob. fr. root of AS. beorgan to protect. ?95. See 1st {Borough}.] 1. To receive from another as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • borrow — [bär′ō, bôr′ō] vt., vi. [ME borwen < OE borgian, to borrow, lend, be surety for, akin to beorgan, to protect & BOROUGH] 1. to take or receive (something) with the understanding that one will return it or an equivalent 2. to adopt or take over… …   English World dictionary

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