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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“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."