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

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First Known Use of cat and mouse

1675


CAT AND MOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

cat and mouse

noun

Definition of cat and mouse for English Language Learners

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


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