cat and mouse
See also: cat-and-mouse
- A relationship in which two parties closely monitor and challenge one another in a suspicious or self-protective manner, often because each party is attempting to gain an advantage over the other.
- The Allied and the enemy submarine played a game of cat and mouse, checking up on each other's whereabouts and strategies.
- The hackers played a cat and mouse game with the system administrators: the hackers kept trying new tricks, and the system administrators kept mounting electronic defenses.
- Often preceded by the verb play.
two keeping check on one another
- A children's game in which one player (the "cat") attempts to break through a ring of players to catch another player (the "mouse") in the centre.