flirt with (someone or something)

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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.
See also: flirt

flirt with the idea of doing something

Fig. to think about doing something; to toy with an idea; to consider something, but not too seriously. (See also flirt with someone.) I flirted with the idea of going to Europe for two weeks. Jane flirted with the idea of quitting her job.
See also: flirt, idea, of
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Polly had been taught that it was a very serious and sacred thing; and, according to her notions, it was far more improper to flirt with one boy than to coast with a dozen.
Dan is so upset after seeing Kerry flirt with one of Liam's mates that he takes romantic advice from Bob and plans to make a grand gesture to win her back.
Dan is so upset after seeing Kerry flirt with one of Liam's mates that he takes romantic advice from Bob, of all people, and plans to make a grand gesture to win her back.
"Mick watching Leo and Constantine flirt with one another was like too much for Mick, so he just got out of there.
Whereas the once happy couple have previously taken to Twitter to flirt with one another or deny false stories about them, they have both been conspicuous by their absence of late.
I always enjoyed watching how the young men and women from within an extended family or tribe would subtly flirt with one another.
She's searching for the next big star and it's a job she is loving - not least because she gets to flirt with one of her co-judges.
They flirt with one of Lyudmila's suitors, their feet silently pawing the floor as their torsos tilt backwards, arms pressed to their sides as if blown by a strong wind.
After taking the picture Mr French began to flirt with one of the young women, who happened to be Lettis's girlfriend Donna, said Mr Wilkins.
But when Danielle slips out to the club to flirt with one of the barmen, the house nearly burns down and she comes home to find Jean-and Stacey - still fuming.
"Stripping is a concentrated form of what girls do on a Friday night in bars and clubs and pubs across the world, except we dancers do it wearing only a G-string, we don't go back to their place drunk in a taxi for crap sex, and we flirt with one end in sight: money."
As for the woman you really fancy, if you can flirt with one woman you can flirt with two.