One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she's always flirting with the boys’
trifle with, toy with, tease, lead on, philander with, dally with, make romantic advances to, court, woo, vamp
informal pull, chat up, make eyes at, make sheep's eyes at, give the come-on to, come on to, be all over
dated set one's cap at
2‘those conservatives who flirted with fascism’
dabble in, toy with, trifle with, amuse oneself with, play with, entertain the idea of, entertain the possibility of, consider, give thought to, potter about with, potter around with, potter round with, tinker with, dip into, scratch the surface of
3‘the Prince has always enjoyed flirting with danger’
dice with, court, risk, not be afraid of, treat frivolously, make light of
1‘Anna was quite a flirt in those days’
tease, trifler, philanderer, coquette, heartbreaker
informal puss, ladies' man
vulgar slang cock-teaser, prick-teaser
archaic fizgig, gallant
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