verb (tr, adverb) British informal
to talk flirtatiously to (a person), esp with the intention of seducing him or her
to talk persuasively to (a person), esp with an ulterior motive
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Idioms and Phrases with chat up
Talk flirtatiously to, as in Leave it to Charlie to chat up the girls. This usage is mostly but not entirely British. [Late 1800s]
Engage in light, friendly talk, as in He was soon chatting up all the board members. [Mid-1900s]
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