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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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A man in my row gave two junior high girls seated between us a lecture on the cultural history of Daisy Duke short-shorts then flirted with an arena crew worker standing nearby.
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.
The second study, but not the first, also indicated that women who flirted at work were happier in their jobs but researchers said the result could have been a fluke.
I flirted with the cameraman, I flirted with the soundman, I flirted with the gofers and caterers.
In fact, 31 percent have flirted and 38 percent have asked for or accepted a date via a mobile message.
Women who flirted were just as happy in their jobs as those who kept relationships on a strictly business basis.
But the most embarrassing time was when Russell Crowe flirted with me.
Half of the people surveyed said they would be flattered if a stranger flirted with them.
Flirting is nice, I mean flirting is good, and I've flirted with some extraordinary people," News.
When she walked through the door, I thought she was beautiful, and we chatted, flirted and laughed for three hours.
Paris also flirted with men at the 944 Magazine and Armani Exchange's party, reports the New York Post.
One source said he "flirted with a blonde," while another source clarified that he "may" have flirted, but was probably "just being friendly.