cat and mouse
- Also called cat and rat. a children's game in which players in a circle keep a player from moving into or out of the circle and permit a second player to move into or out of the circle to escape the pursuing first player.
- Western U.S. tick-tack-toe(def 1).
- play cat and mouse, to engage in a gamelike relationship in which evasion and pursuit are used: They played cat and mouse for a while before she consented to go out with him.
- play cat and mouse with,
- to toy or trifle with.
- to use strategy on one's opponent, especially while waiting to strike: The detective played cat and mouse with the suspect.
Origin of cat and mouse
Examples from the Web for cat and mouse
Contemporary Examples of cat and mouse
So Western governments are caught in a cat-and-mouse game and at times it is unclear who is the cat and who the mouse.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
December 8, 2014
He became suspicious and so began what he refers to as a “cat-and-mouse game” between him and his former agency.How Models Get Robbed on the Runway
May 7, 2014
The revelations in October began a game of cat-and-mouse between the Demon Killer and the police.‘I Will Commit a Massacre’
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
February 25, 2013
Meanwhile, I don't know what happens to the employees, who are the mouse in this cat-and-mouse game.Counting Full Time Employees
January 18, 2013
Lipkin-Shahak was no stranger to the cat-and-mouse dynamic that has so often kept the Middle East in a chokehold.Saying Goodbye To Lipkin-Shahak
December 19, 2012
Historical Examples of cat and mouse
She had been playing with him––playing with him cat-and-mouse fashion.Once to Every Man
Evidently, he must play the cat-and-mouse act about the piles of supplies and machinery.Panther Eye
Roy J. Snell
At least, I haven't got that cat-and-mouse kind of patience.Regiment of Women
It was like playing a game of cat-and-mouse with him, Wilson Lamb, the cat.
Did it mean that, after all, he had been playing at cat-and-mouse with her, as she had at first feared?The White Moll
Frank L. Packard