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.
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References in classic literature ?
Though Laurie flirted with Amy and joked with Jo, his manner to Beth had always been peculiarly kind and gentle, but so was everybody's.
Vronsky openly flirted with Kitty at balls, danced with her, and came continually to the house, consequently there could be no doubt of the seriousness of his intentions.
There was talk of his intrigues with some of the ladies, and he flirted with a few of them at the balls.
w George Best's playboy son flirted with Marissa as she appeared on Big Brother 's Bit On The Side following her eviction.
He said ancient Athenians may have honed the art of flirtation at drinking parties known as symposia, where men flirted with dancing girls among other entertainment.
Flirting is nice, I mean flirting is good, and I've flirted with some extraordinary people," News.
Sooner or later, you'll decide that someone you have flirted with deserves additional attention and that you're interested in finding out more.
Finnish-Swedish telecomms group TeliaSonera AB said on Monday (15 November) that according to a recent survey, one out of two Swedes had flirted with someone by sending an SMS or MMS message while one in five had tried online dating on the Internet.
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.
As many as 31% said they had flirted with a boss and 22% said they would do so to improve their job prospects.
A survey of 5,000 working women showed that three out of four have flirted with a colleague, while 28pc have had a sexual relationship.
One person out of four that flirts online has also started a relationship with a person they flirted with online, while half of those taking part in the survey said that they had flirted online.
I flirted with the cameraman, I flirted with the soundman, I flirted with the gofers and caterers.
Paris also flirted with men at the 944 Magazine and Armani Exchange's party, reports the New York Post.
Half of the people surveyed said they would be flattered if a stranger flirted with them.