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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Since, power has many lovers-cum-contenders; it flirts with one while married to another as it is filing for divorce from the third.
She flirts with one of them and when the group are later forced by a gangster to rob a bank she agrees to be their getaway driver - with disastrous consequences.
In a letter, Einstein flirts with one of the many women with whom he--a married man--had romantic affairs.
Neither of us is offended or threatened when someone flirts with one or both of us.
The Swedish count's daughter who gives the play its title puts her foot very firmly in it when she flirts with one of the servants and invites him to kiss her toes.