chat up

British and Australian English INFORMAL
This page is about the phrasal verb chat up.

Meaning: to talk to someone in the hope of beginning a romantic relationship with them

Synonym: hit on (informal), flirt with

For example:

  • chat up sb Juan is very good at chatting up girls. He knows how to make them laugh.

  • chat sb up Mark finds it difficult to chat guys up because he often feels shy, and he doesn't know what to say.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Hiroko is chatting the girl up because he wants to

a. improve his English

b. sell her something

c. sleep with her

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