amorous or sexual advances without serious intent or emotional commitment; to behave amorously or to play at love; to excite love.
(1) Lena Yakushova/Ninotchka (Greta Garbo) & Count Leon (Melvyn Douglas) in Ninotchka (1939):
-- Ninotchka: ' Must you flirt? '
-- Count Leon: ' I don't have to but I find it natural.'
-- Ninotchka: ' Suppress it! '
(2) Paula Lane (Lana Turner) and Jonny Davis (Clark Gable) in Somewhere I'll Find You (1942):
-- Paula: ' Any gal that listens to the howl of a wolf is a gonner.'
-- Jonny: ' Little Riding Hood didn't do so bad.'
-- Paula: ' She didn't do so good either... 'til she got wise.'
(3) Joan Davis and Kay Kyser in Around the World (1943):
-- Joan: ' Don't get the impression I was trying to flirt with you, Mister, because I got plenty of men. Seventy, eighty, ninety.'
-- Kay: ' Why don't you go out with them? '
-- Joan: ' Who wants to go out with men seventy, eighty or ninety.'
(4) From the movie Gigi (1958): ' What miracle made you the way you are? '
2. An act or instance of flirting.
(3) Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) to Batman (Val Kilmer) in Batman Forever (1995): ' My life is an open book. You read? '
(4) Buddy (Pauly Shore) flirting with Olivia (Denise Dowse) in Bio-Dome (1995):-- Buddy: ' Did it hurt? '-- Olivia: ' Did what hurt? '-- Buddy: ' When you fell down from heaven, did it hurt? '
3. A person who makes advances.
Quote: Molly Monahan (Barbara Stanwyck) to Jeff Butler (Joel McCrea) in Union Pacific (1939): ' You think I'm an outrageous flirt. (...) But didn't you ever know that flirting get's into a woman's blood like fighting get's into a man's? Now a girl begins coquetting to discover if she has the power. Then she goes looking, like a fighter after a bully, for the hardest man to conquer, but it's never the man she wants, it's the pleasure of bringing him to her feet.'
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