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
References in classic literature ?
I understand: she is in love with James, and flirts with Frederick.
Drivers in Wales are the biggest in-car flirts with 18 per cent having an ogle at least once a week compared to just five per cent in Scotland.
We got married six months ago but my brother still flirts with her despite me telling him to back off.
But the person he flirts with most is himself, in the mirror.
Almost half the office workers questioned (48percent) believed James Bond's relationship with Miss Moneypenny was the most successful example of functional flirting, where he flirts with his boss's secretary to gain favours and information.
There are two possibilities in play here: 1) He thinks other girls are hot and flirts with them, or 2) he doesn't really think other girls are hot and doesn't flirt with them, but he wants you to think that so you'll be jealous.
THIS is the first picture of Danny Benstead (left) who can only sit and home and watch as his girlfriend Jade Goody flirts with housemate PJ in the Big Brother house.