The lesson is that while Americans may flirt with demagogues, they marry the constitutional system.
He would threaten, cajole, flirt, flatter, hug, and get the bill passed.
There was a particularly attractive young waitress, and they persuaded her to tease Beethoven and flirt with him.
So why would Scarborough flirt with the idea of giving up such a platform?
Kurt responded with a flirt of his own: He grabbed Courtney and wrestled her to the ground.
Murmur soft nothings to the women; flirt but don't have favourites.
But there are ladies with whom a certain preliminary is required before you can flirt with them.
He concluded that his remonstrances had been taken in good part, and that Lady Judith had dismissed her flirt.
She didn't mean to flirt at all—and she never cared for anyone but—him.
Rather, was Miss Flossys prompt and frank response; especially as there isnt one of them fit to flirt with.
1550s, originally "to turn up one's nose, sneer at," then "to rap or flick, as with the fingers" (1560s). The noun is first attested 1540s, from the verb, with the meaning "stroke of wit." It's possible that the original word was imitative, along the lines of flip (v.), but there seems to be some influence from flit, such as in the flirt sense of "to move in short, quick flights," attested from 1580s.
Meanwhile flirt (n.) had come to mean "a pert young hussey" [Johnson] by 1560s, and Shakespeare has flirt-gill (i.e. Jill) "a woman of light or loose behavior," while flirtgig was a 17c. Yorkshire dialect word for "a giddy, flighty girl." All or any of these could have fed into the main modern verbal sense of "play at courtship" (1777), which also could have grown naturally from the earlier meaning "to flit inconstantly from object to object" (1570s), perhaps influenced by Old French fleureter "talk sweet nonsense," also "to touch a thing in passing," diminutive of fleur "flower" and metaphoric of bees skimming from flower to flower.
The noun meaning "person who flirts" is from 1732. The English word also is possibly related to East Frisian flirt "a flick or light blow," and flirtje "a giddy girl." French flirter "to flirt" is a 19c. borrowing from English. Related: Flirted; flirting.