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flirt with (someone or something)

1. To interact with someone in a way that shows romantic or sexual interest. I think Stacy's boyfriend was flirting with me at the bar. Should I tell her? After flirting with each other for months, Dan and Mary are finally going on a date.
2. To consider something, especially briefly or without earnestness. The business tycoon has flirted with running for public office for many years, but has yet to pursue it. I've been flirting with the idea of moving to Europe lately. I would need to save up a bit more money to make it happen, though.
3. To come very close to some outcome or result, often (though not always) a very bad one. The CEO has been flirting with disaster with her off-the-cuff comments to the press lately. The up-and-coming golf pro has flirted with success over the past few years, but he's yet to manage a major tour victory.
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flirt with someone

to tease or trifle with someone alluringly. Are you flirting with me? Everyone knows that married men aren't supposed to flirt with anyone.
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A survey of 12,000 adults showed that more than one in five would be prepared to flirt with a manager if they thought it would help their career, twice as many as in 2004.
When it comes to naughty phone calls, Kylie Minogue came out tops as the celebrity most men would like to flirt with over the phone, whilst men over 50 years old favoured Julia Roberts.
Experts encourage flirting, even after rejection, because many times people flirt with all the wrong people.
When I first saw him I thought: He looks nice and used to flirt with him.
AS you say the best way to let a lad know that you like him without simply coming out and saying it is to flirt with him.
One in ten British workers would flirt with the boss to gain a promotion, according to a survey.
One in five of those polled by Top Sante magazine said she would flirt with the boss to boost her job prospects and 12pc claimed it had gained them promotion.
Joan offered to accompany me to parties, walk six paces behind, point out which women were trying to flirt with me.
London, July 13 (ANI): Don't get smitten by men who flirt with you at work place - as a new study has indicated that many of them do so just to relieve boredom.
It's probably because he has a new girl to flirt with.
There are two possibilities in play here: 1) He thinks other girls are hot and flirts with them, or 2) he doesn't really think other girls are hot and doesn't flirt with them, but he wants you to think that so you'll be jealous.
Once-closeted pop stars who are now out recall that their own labels never wanted them to flirt with sexual ambiguity, even in the best of times.
Almost two-thirds of all women workers questioned (65 per cent) says they flirt with male colleagues they find attractive and 15 per cent of the Midlanders questioned said they would flutter their eyelashes at the "top-of-the-tree" boss - five per cent higher than the national average.