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.
See also: flirt, idea, of
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There's something common, vulgar, in flirting with one's governess.
He had faced 65 balls and counted five fours when he became the day's first victim, caught at the wicket flirting with one from seamer Mohammed Shami (2-48).
Disick reportedly wrapped his arms around the female's waist and the two remained close while touching and flirting with one another for about two songs.
Sometimes flirting with one or the other extremes of the political spectrum, populist parties advocate the rejection of the other, national retrenchment and the abandonment of the European project.
Those '90s nights of trying to get into Cream, flirting with one of the first team in the pubs down the Albert Dock or fancying a lad who's more interested in Pogs.
He also started inappropriate flirting with one of his friend's girlfriends at the club we went to every second Saturday night.
I have no idea why I remembered prayer retreats at my convent school in Kodaikkanal, South India, and how, one year, a couple of handsome American priests pitched up to teach us the value of prayer and how to be good and one ended up flirting with one of the pretty students.
The composition started with a relay of lively rustic melodies chasing and flirting with one another.
Inside Hakkasan restaurant in Mayfair, the pair were spotted "openly flirting with one another" as they ate.
"But now he's been caught red-handed flirting with one of Britain's most famous glamour girls - and she has been coming on to him."
Nigel Wilkins, prosecuting, said Husselbee had been smoking cannabis and drinking sherry when he threatened to slash his friend's throat after accusing him of flirting with one of his female friends.
Far from acting the green-eyed monster, she adds that Baron Cohen was fine about her flirting with one of the world's most desirable men, saying: "They're friends so it was OK."
I suspect the charged energy of my garden has something to do with all the flowers flirting with one another.
JR will also be straightening his tie and no doubt flirting with one of Hollywood's hottest stars, Katherine Heigl.