He would threaten, cajole, flirt, flatter, hug, and get the bill passed.
So why would Scarborough flirt with the idea of giving up such a platform?
She was also a buxom beauty, a kind of nineteenth century bombshell who loved to flirt.
Sometimes they flirt with the local girls, whom they outnumber, by some estimates, 200 to 1.
While Americans may flirt with demagogues, they marry the constitutional system.
Murmur soft nothings to the women; flirt but don't have favourites.
You will not find him a heavy companion, and I allow you to flirt with him as much as you like.
He concluded that his remonstrances had been taken in good part, and that Lady Judith had dismissed her flirt.
Indeed, she had many admirers, and was even what some might call a flirt.
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.