cat and mouse

noun

Definition of cat and mouse

: behavior like that of a cat with a mouse: such 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

Examples of cat and mouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The interview is the culmination of a decades-long game of cat and mouse between Jackson and Shelton. CBS News, 7 May 2022 And while our capacity to accurately judge trust improved with time, our tendency to deceive others improved in turn, resulting in a never-ending cat and mouse game. Tomas Chamorro-premuzic, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 If playing the 13th-seeded Osaka was toe to toe, playing the No. 1 Ashleigh Barty was cat and mouse. New York Times, 23 Jan. 2022 Maybe Carlson kills Annie and then Negan hunts him down in an epic game of cat and mouse set in a zombie apocalypse literally anywhere other than here. Erik Kain, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 What Russia faces now is an intensifying game of cat and mouse, Krapiva said. Brian Fung, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 The crackdown has triggered a game of digital cat and mouse, as users look for ones authorities haven’t yet found or fully blocked. Sam Schechner And Keach Hagey, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2022 On the cartel side of the story, Mike, Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), Nacho (Michael Mando) and Lalo (Tony Dalton) find themselves in a game of cat and mouse with the highest possible stakes. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2022 Maqueda, Bezerra and writer-producer Haizea G. Viana wrote the script, which retains the play’s cat and mouse element, as well as the constant plot twists. Emiliano De Pablos, Variety, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cat and mouse

1675, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Cat and mouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cat%20and%20mouse. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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