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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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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References in classic literature ?
She saw all the glories of the camp-- its tents stretched forth in beauteous uniformity of lines, crowded with the young and the gay, and dazzling with scarlet; and, to complete the view, she saw herself seated beneath a tent, tenderly flirting with at least six officers at once.
Flirting with any man she could pick up; sitting in corners with mysterious Italians; dancing all the evening with the same partners; receiving visits at eleven o'clock at night.
thank you--thank you very much; you are the last man I should think of flirting with.
Now she was afraid that Vronsky might confine himself to simply flirting with her daughter.
To flirt with Hetty was a very different affair from flirting with a pretty girl of his own station: that was understood to be an amusement on both sides, or, if it became serious, there was no obstacle to marriage.
Despite seemingly flirting with fellow housemate Jordan Davies, the Mob Wives star hit the town with Calum Best after she was kicked off the sho.
Rumors about Kate Middleton flirting with British sailor Ben Ainslie have resurfaced.
When you're flirting with someone, it's really about making an actual personal connection.
London, Dec 4 (ANI): Nicole Scherzinger was reportedly spotted flirting with Tinie Tempah on the sets of reality show, 'X Factor'.
Dear Dr Cath, MY brother can't stop flirting with my wife.
Usually, the guy gets a shock when I start flirting with him.
Always smile (unless the person you are flirting with tells you their cat has died).
Workers are increasingly flirting with colleagues via email rather than chatting them up in person or sending a card, according to a survey published to mark Valentine's Day.