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cat and mouse
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.
play cat and mouse,
to engage in a gamelike relationship in which evasion and pursuit are used:
They played cat and mouse for a while before she consented to go out with him.
play cat and mouse with,
to toy or trifle with.
to use strategy on one's opponent, especially while waiting to strike:
The detective played cat and mouse with the suspect.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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