tease (one) with (something)

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tease (one) with (something)

1. To tantalize or torment one with something they cannot or should not have. I'm trying to stick to my diet, but my roommate keeps teasing me with all the cakes and cookies she likes to bake. I loved teasing my friends with pictures of sunny beaches while I was on vacation in the Bahamas.
2. To arouse one sexually with something, especially with no intention of engaging in sexual activity with one. I've just never understood the appeal of strip clubs. You pay to go watch women tease you with their naked bodies and erotic dances, and then you just leave more sexually frustrated than when you arrived. She kept lifting up her skirt to tease me with glimpses of her thighs.
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If you think I'm being overly cynical then I should point out that the "coming up" bit proceeded to tease us with clips of said youngsters boozing, snogging, arguing and getting naked in a shared bath.
Motorola continues to tease us with an exact launch date, instead offering a broader end-summer launch window.
And while the scriptwriters may tease us with the prospect of love blossoming again between Kat and Alfie, and a happy ending for Sharon and Dennis, they're only going to snatch it away again.
While the cosmetic and vitamin adverts tease us with the suggestions of prolonging youth and giving us a boost, you might find that a bit of brain teasing is more effective.
Scriptwriters tease us with another appearance from Curtis tonight, and Luca's confrontation with him indicates that when the unmentionable stuff eventually hits the fan, it's going to splatter everywhere.
They tease us with the threat of going too far, but though they appear tremendously exaggerated, they never become so abandoned as to lose control.''