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chat (someone) up

1. To engage someone in lighthearted banter or casual conversation. I love chatting up tourists visiting our city, it gives you such diverse and interesting perspectives!
2. To engage in flirtatious conversation with someone, usually in pursuit of romantic or sexual purposes. I was chatting up this cute guy at the bar last night and managed to get his phone number! I hate when people chat me up in bars. I just want to have a nice time out with my friends!
See also: chat, up

flat chat

1. adjective (sometimes hyphenated) Very busy; preoccupied with many different things at once. Primarily heard in Australia. Sorry I couldn't make it to lunch today, I've been flat chat with the kids all day. I've been so flat-chat at work that I barely have time to see my kids anymore.
2. adverb (sometimes hyphenated) At the greatest possible speed, efficiency, or power. Primarily heard in Australia. We drove that car flat chat out of town. The whole team is working flat-chat to get this project finished and perfect.
See also: chat, flat

chat about someone or something

to talk idly or informally about someone or something. We need to chat about Molly. I want to chat about your expenditures a little.
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chat up

1. Talk flirtatiously to, as in Leave it to Charlie to chat up the girls. This usage is mostly but not entirely British. [Late 1800s]
2. Engage in light, friendly talk, as in He was soon chatting up all the board members. [Mid-1900s]
See also: chat, up

chat up

1. To engage someone in light, casual talk, especially in order to gain his or her favor: The salesperson chatted us up for an hour before we finally decided to buy something. I chatted up the director, hoping to get a part in the film.
2. To talk amorously to someone, usually without serious intentions; flirt with someone: Many people go to the bar just to chat up the attractive bartenders. By their false smiles, we could tell they were coming over to chat us up.
See also: chat, up
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Children and teenagers have quickly adopted instant messaging and chatting as a primary method of communication," remarked Andrew Tull, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BioNet Systems, LLC.
For example, an agent chatting with a customer about a problem with an obsolete product can be prompted to make an upsell offer for a replacement product.
Users can also choose whether to log on automatically, show their online status or be invisible, block users from video chatting or instant messaging with them and go to their own TagWorld sites directly from the desktop client.
The website allows visitors to remain 100% anonymous while chatting with any lender they choose.
3, we now equip parents with powerful tools to block inappropriate material from the start, as well as preventing chatting with a stranger.
Photo: (1) Along with chatting, kids visiting the FreeZone can explore a place called Mooselandia, home of a guy named Mooselips.
If I choose to answer I will be chatting with the person who initiated the chat.
Often men's chat rooms will be populated with 99 men, but if you watch the screens, they're not really scrolling very quickly because the men aren't chatting in the rooms, they're chatting with each other [in private message sessions].
Your parents must fax/mail it to Freezone before you start chatting.