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cat and mouse

noun

: behavior that is like the way a cat chases a mouse or plays with a mouse before killing it

Full Definition of CAT AND MOUSE

:  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 mouse with the police>; broadly :  an evasive action

First Known Use of CAT AND MOUSE

1675

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