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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Playfully or teasingly cruel, as in prolonging the pain or torment of another: the cat-and-mouse tactics of the interrogators.
  • adj. Of or involving a suspenseful and sometimes alternating relation beween hunter and hunted: "another cat-and-mouse thriller” ( New York Times).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. suspenseful, involving alternating roles of attack and defence.
  • n. Alternative form of cat and mouse.

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