My sense is that the flirtation was originally a lark, albeit one that would bring massive publicity to the Trump brand.
Like so many young girls, she tried modeling as a lark, a way of escaping the humdrum and finding glamour.
What drew you to the theme and why did you choose to set lark & Termite in the past, and not say, during the current Iraq War?
Mercury on a lark in your opposite sign calls for expressions that run counter to the woulda-shoulda-coulda loop in your mind.
This all started in early August, when on a lark I went to an open casting call for the film in Manhattan.
As I was saying, why should I pretend to be pensive and doleful, when I am as merry as a lark?
Moreover, what was so real for her was only too plainly a lark for him.
She sang ‘Hark, hark, the lark,’ and the whole house rose to its feet.
Though you go to bed with the nightingale, you rise with the lark.
They are not so obstreperous as the wren, nor so shy as the lark and the robin.
"songbird," early 14c., earlier lauerche (c.1200), from Old English lawerce (late Old English laferce), from Proto-Germanic *laiw(a)rikon (cf. Old Saxon lewerka, Frisian liurk, Old Norse lævirik, Dutch leeuwerik, German Lerche), of unknown origin. Some Old English and Old Norse forms suggest a compound meaning "treason-worker," but there is no folk tale to explain or support this.
"spree, frolic," 1811, possibly shortening of skylark (1809), sailors' slang "play rough in the rigging of a ship" (larks were proverbial for high-flying), or from English dialectal lake/laik "to play" (c.1300, from Old Norse leika "to play," from PIE *leig- "to leap") with intrusive -r- common in southern British dialect. The verb lake, considered characteristic of Northern English vocabulary, is the opposite of work but lacks the other meanings of play. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Larked; larking.
A merry time •Chiefly British (1811+)
: This is no time to go larking (1813+)
[origin uncertain; perhaps fr an allusion to the bird, since skylark in the same sense is found somewhat earlier]