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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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I would ask her to think about why she wants a man who's flirted with her for all this time, never done a thing about it, married someone else and is still flirting.
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We are genetically programmed to flirt. If we didn't make contact with the opposite sex then the human species would have gone extinct.
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However, the Welsh beauty admitted that she has never flirted in an attempt to manipulate a situation, there have been occasions when she has got something in return for her saucy demeanour.
But he flirts with other girls, pulling their bra straps and smacking their butts.
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Skilled workers were the biggest flirts according to the poll, with 14.5 per cent saying they had flirted, followed by 13 per cent of office workers, ten per cent of those working in retail, and 7.5 per cent of manual workers.
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