The act of uncharacteristacally flirting with an indivdual to manipulate an outcome, deal, or decision. Once the goal is acheived, the flirting comes to an abrupt halt.
Ethan: "Is James seriously flirting with the gay guy behind the starbucks counter??"
Tom: "Yeah, but don't worry, it's just flanipulation. He's a bigger cheapskate than he is a heterosexual and hates paying for expensive coffee"