American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
““I wanted to avoid that cat-and-mouse game,” says Veach.”
“One example: in a cat-and-mouse follow scene in a market, running divided from a bad guys, Tony Jarr jumps over a tables, stalls, as well as cars (!) with Jackies comic timing.”
“As budding romance turns to a game of psychotic cat-and-mouse, the jump scares escalates into scenes of horror that revulsed some moviegoers and thrilled others.”
“But his most recent two near-future books have a very different tack: highlighting people using technology in purposeful, directed ways with very human expressive motives: making movies and playing political cat-and-mouse.”
“He's become obsessed with her, and begins stalking her in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game which can only end badly.”
“Eric Gravning is penning the script, which will be an origin story for the feuding cat-and-mouse.”
“U.S. efforts have helped to spur isolation, but I think there is still a cat-and-mouse aspect to North Korean illicit financial activity," Juan Zarate, a White House counterterrorism official until 2009, said Thursday.”
“At the same time, the Internet has also stepped up the cat-and-mouse game, allowing watchdogs to uncover fraudulent claims much faster and mobilize a more effective response.”
“But posts on popular the Chinese blog site Sina. com did ... before -- in the blink of an eye -- they were taken down and a high-tech game of cat-and-mouse between the bloggers and the censors ensued.”
“Says Gansa, "Their cat-and-mouse game propels the drama through this season.”
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