chat up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] British informal
present tense
I/you/we/theychat up
he/she/itchats up
present participlechatting up
past tensechatted up
past participlechatted up
  1. to start a conversation with someone because you want to have a sexual or romantic relationship with them

    When I left, Sally was getting chatted up by the barman.

See also main entry: chat