cat and mouse

UK / US noun [uncountable]
a situation in which you let someone else believe that they have managed to escape, before you actually catch them

a game of cat and mouse

play cat and mouse (with someone):

Dora knew the detective was playing cat and mouse with her, waiting for his chance to trap her.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • cat-and-mouse — [kat΄ n mous′] adj. Informal of or designating behavior like that of a cat toying with a mouse; specif., of or designating a strategy by which one repeatedly challenges an opponent while waiting to strike * * * cat and mouse (kătʹn mousʹ) adj. 1 …   Universalium

  • Cat and mouse — Cat and mouse, often expressed as cat and mouse game, is an English language idiom dating back to 1675 that means a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes. cite web |url=http://www.merriam… …   Wikipedia

  • cat and mouse — noun uncount a situation in which you let someone else believe that they have managed to escape, before you actually catch them: a game of cat and mouse play cat and mouse (with someone): Dora knew the detective was playing cat and mouse with her …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cat-and-mouse — [kat΄ n mous′] adj. Informal of or designating behavior like that of a cat toying with a mouse; specif., of or designating a strategy by which one repeatedly challenges an opponent while waiting to strike …   English World dictionary

  • cat and mouse — noun a game for children in which the players form a circle and join hands; they raise their hands to let a player inside the circle or lower their hands to bar a second player who is chasing the first • Syn: ↑cat and rat • Hypernyms: ↑child s… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cat-and-mouse — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1. : consisting of constant torment prior to destruction or defeat the cat and mouse technique of handling an opponent 2. : consisting of constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes a … cat and mouse kind of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cat and mouse — 1. 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. 2. Western U.S. tick… …   Universalium

  • cat and mouse — noun Date: 1675 behavior like that of a cat with a mouse: as a. the act of toying with or tormenting something before destroying it b. a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes < played a game of cat and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cat and mouse — noun 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… …   Wiktionary

  • cat and mouse — Cockney Rhyming Slang House Went round to his cat to wake him up …   English dialects glossary

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