use a (pickup) line on (someone)

A "pickup line" is something that you say to people who you're attracted to, to start a conversation with them. Pickup lines can be simple, like this:

Hi, what's your name? I'm Patrick.

There are also a wide variety of clever or funny pickup lines that people make up, like:

Heaven must be missing an angel, because here's one right here on Earth.

When someone uses a pre-written pickup line or repeats the same introduction to multiple people, you can call that "using a line":

He used some cheesy pickup line on me. I just rolled my eyes and turned the other way.

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