cat and mouse
- 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
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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.
He became suspicious and so began what he refers to as a “cat-and-mouse game” between him and his former agency.
The revelations in October began a game of cat-and-mouse between the Demon Killer and the police.
Meanwhile, I don't know what happens to the employees, who are the mouse in this cat-and-mouse game.
Lipkin-Shahak was no stranger to the cat-and-mouse dynamic that has so often kept the Middle East in a chokehold.
It was like playing a game of cat-and-mouse with him, Wilson Lamb, the cat.
The cat-and-mouse game with the other sex is a good game; but I can play your head off at it.Heartbreak House|George Bernard Shaw
It was a sort of defiance that he was throwing at me, an ultimatum that I should either end my cat-and-mouse game, or let him go.The Tale Of Mr. Peter Brown - Chelsea Justice|V. Sackville West
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
Evidently, he must play the cat-and-mouse act about the piles of supplies and machinery.Panther Eye|Roy J. Snell