Phrasal verb: «Chat up»

Chat up

Literal definition: chat + up = (no clear association)

They chatted up on the terrace for hours.

It is uncomfortable to begin chatting up the elevator ride.


Figurative definition 1: chat up = to engage someone in light, casual talk, especially to gain his/her favor

The sales representative usually approaches the sale by first chatting up potential clients.

She chatted up the director at the Christmas party, hoping to get in better with the management.


Figurative definition 2: chat up = to engage in flirtatious conversation with someone, usually with romantic or sexual interest

Only minutes after seeing her, he went over and chatted up the best looking girl at the party.

As a bar tender she has to deal with lots of guys trying to chat up while working.


08/12/2016Level - difficulty 2United StatesVideo1 min