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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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Flirting is like shopping for shoes-some look great in the window, but feel awful when you try them on.
Ditch the apps, log off your profile, and meet your match at the bar with the Pocket Guide to Flirting - created in collaboration with The Indytute, a start-up which curates inspiring, hands-on workshops and social anthropologist, flirting expert and founder of Flirtology, Jean Smith - designed to help singles discover new techniques and finally put to bed those corny chat-up lines.
They'll be giving away a free pocket guide to flirting by expert Jean Smith from February 2-15 and special cocktails on the menu will undergo a Valentine's makeover with some rose petals.
I think flirting is a way of making people feel like they're the center of the universe for however long you want to give them that honor," says DeAlto.
According to the new book 'The Five Flirting Styles', there are five distinctive type of flirts, namely 'Physical flirts, Polite flirts, Traditional flirts, Sincere flirts and Playful flirts', the New York Post reported.
The great man never shared his views on online flirting but he knew something at least about offline flirting, said Simon Hardy, British academic and author of "The Greeks, Eroticism and Ourselves.
I bet it really annoys him that you got to chat up and win the girl and his flirting is probably a way to assert himself as the eldest.
Clearly your husband is more concerned about your flirting than you appreciate and his jealousy is more intense than you realise.
For Gurgaon- based BPO executive Renu Sinha, who has always had her fair share of hits and misses when it comes to men, the rules of flirting are now as easy to follow as batting an eyelid.
THE people who make Impulse, the body fragrance, have launched tips on flirting.
To begin flirting clubbers take the number of the person they have their eye on along with a message to the Flirt Alert team and it is posted on screens in the venue along with the number of the person who has sent it.
Elizabeth is the founder of Rapport Unlimited: Flirting for Business and Pleasure, and acts as a consultant for high-profile PR campaigns, including the hit American TV series Sex and the City.
The office proved to be the most popular venue for flirting for 57% of those quizzed, with the pub taking second place with 22%.