Definition of ask in English:
- There must also be serious questions asked about the handling of this situation by the administrators.
- My question actually asked whether this would be a better course of action.
- It was a simple question that asked whether Parliament should have another look at these laws.
- This week I needed to get some commonly used cells from a few different places, so this involved asking around.
- They asked around and at least five different people have seen him.
- We were asking around town who the best people to do this kind of record with were, and everyone said we should talk to James and Tim.
- I fight the urge to ask after the health of his son.
- He asked after my parents and enquired into the wellbeing of my wife and kids.
- Since then there has been a deafening silence from punters - we've received three emails asking after Dan's health, including one from a creditor.
- If you're asking users to register for a newsletter, ask for only an email address.
- He wasn't asked to plea during his appearance today and did not ask for bail.
- Is it too much to ask for to have at least one popular or semi-popular boy ask me to one of the dances or even out for pizza.
- But this story about Tivo asking the FCC for permission to add new features is changing my mind.
- Without waiting on permission or asking his Commanding Officer he led two hundred men.
- We also need to ask the chief's permission to kayak down his tribe's river.
- I would probably have taken half the asked amount just to get the thing off my hands.
- This isn't a greedy seller asking a ridiculous amount no one will pay.
- We've noticed that houses are staying on the market longer, and that they are often selling for prices below asking.
- It is asking a lot to expect him to do well this year in Paris but, provided he stays fit and avoids the pressure cooker of national expectation, he will be back.
- It is also asking a lot to expect players to repeat such a performance within days in a European competition.
- It's far more demanding and you are asking a lot of part-time players to make that step up.
- Nobody's calling you or asking you along to the Royal College of Art.
- I don't know whether it might have been very wise, proper and dignified for the PM to have asked Latham along.
- Last week Alison asked me along to a public meeting.
- This can be as simple as inviting a boy to sit with you or as involved as straight-up asking him out on a date.
- She asks why he never called her after their first date, and then asks him out again.
- It's like asking someone out for a date - perseverance never hurts when it comes to getting what you want.
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- The difference between the bid and the ask prices is referred to as the spread.
- Typically, if you are going to buy a stock, then you will pay a price near the posted ask.
- They stand ready to buy and sell Nasdaq stocks, and they are required to post their bid and ask prices.
- It's always a big ask, and cases against the powerful are difficult cases, but that's what courts are for, and it's the responsibility of those who are there to enforce the law to take on difficult cases.
- I have got another year of my degree to go, and I know playing professional rugby and doing my degree would be a big ask.
- I don't want to go into the game in a negative frame of mind but we have to be realistic and admit it will be a big ask to get two points off Leeds.
Old English āscian, āhsian, āxian, of West Germanic origin.
Like many short but vital words, ask is Old English. Variations of the saying ask a silly question and you get a silly answer date back to at least the 13th century. It has a biblical source, ‘Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit’, from the Book of Proverbs. A big ask is a difficult demand to make of someone, a lot to ask. The phrase originates in Australia, where it was first recorded in 1987, but has spread quickly into British English, and is a favourite of sports players, commentators, and writers, as in the example ‘If we get four wins we will make the play-offs, but it's a big ask’ (Bolton Evening News).
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be asking for trouble (or it)
- informal Behave in a way that is likely to result in difficulty for oneself: it would simply be asking for trouble for me to spend the night hereMore example sentences
- With only half an hour until curtain up at the Odeon, we quickly decide that choosing a dessert would simply be asking for trouble - though it proves to be yet another Promethean struggle to get the bill.
- Any more than that and you were asking for trouble.
- Of course, these kids were asking for trouble with their actions.
don't ask me!
for the asking
- Used to indicate that someone can easily have something if they want it: the job was his for the askingMore example sentences
- Upgrades are often available just for the asking.
- They are within our grasp, practically for the asking.
- Every type of vacation experience, every form of recreation, every convenience is available for the asking at Lake Tahoe.
I ask you!
- informal An exclamation of shock or disapproval intended to elicit agreement from one’s listener: ringing me up on Christmas Day, I ask you!More example sentences
- The story's an abecedary (an abecedary, I ask you!) with the main characters A, N (the narrator) and Z (Zaccheus).
- Why otherwise would sales charts (sales charts, I ask you!) become the obsessional focus for interactions between pop and society?
- ‘Even on her Bachelorette Party,’ exclaimed Emily, ‘I ask you!’
if you ask me
- informal Used to emphasize that a statement is one’s personal opinion: if you ask me, it’s just an excuse for lazinessMore example sentences
- I dunno, they sound like reasonable people to cast if you ask me.
- She's lovely in person, but her speeches are a bit boring if you ask me.
- It's already happening, if you ask me, right now, with this example.
- Example sentences
- I crossed the recently pedestrianized town centre on a hunt for cat equipment, and saw two competing groups of question askers.
- The asker is a middle-aged woman, and one of about 50 people who turned up to the Edmonton Art Gallery for a guided tour of the traveling show.
- I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that the askers of these questions are usually in a relationship that's dead in the water but maybe haven't admitted it to themselves yet.
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