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cat and mouse

(Redirected from play cat and mouse)
See also: cat-and-mouse




cat and mouse (uncountable)

  1. 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.

Usage notesEdit

  • Often preceded by the verb play.


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Proper nounEdit

cat and mouse

  1. 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.