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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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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.
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The frequency of those who flirt online and then actually meet the person 'live' appears to be equal for men and women -- 48% of the women and 47% of the men said that they have dated someone they flirted with online, while 25% of the men and 26% of the women saidthat have flirted online say that they have also started a relationship with an online flirt.
Dear Coleen HOW can I ever trust my partner when he has flirted with other girls?
A follow-up questionnaire suggested that men who flirted in the workplace had lower levels of "emotional intelligence", or understanding of other people's feelings.
I flirted with the cameraman, I flirted with the soundman, I flirted with the gofers and caterers." When she flirted with Clint, she says, "he would blush, and then he would flirt back." [For Eastwood's version, see cover story on page 24]
Women who flirted were just as happy in their jobs as those who kept relationships on a strictly business basis.
Sooner or later, you'll decide that someone you have flirted with deserves additional attention and that you're interested in finding out more.
"Flirting is nice, I mean flirting is good, and I've flirted with some extraordinary people," News.com.au quoted him as saying.
But the most embarrassing time was when Russell Crowe flirted with me.
Elle also revealed that the music mogul did not flirt on coming face to face with her.I flirted with him - he didn't flirt back.
When she walked through the door, I thought she was beautiful, and we chatted, flirted and laughed for three hours.
Half of the people surveyed said they would be flattered if a stranger flirted with them.
Paris also flirted with men at the 944 Magazine and Armani Exchange's party, reports the New York Post.
Men are just too obvious most of the time." He is quite happy to be flirted with by women, but admits: "I simply don't realize what's happening, or err on the side of caution."