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Related to cat-and-mouse: cat-and-mouse game
1. Playfully or teasingly cruel, as in prolonging the pain or torment of another: the cat-and-mouse tactics of the interrogators.
2. Of or involving a suspenseful and sometimes alternating relation between hunter and hunted: "another cat-and-mouse thriller" (New York Times).
denoting a fight or contest in which participants attempt to confuse or deceive each other in a cruel or teasing way, esp before a final act of cruelty or unkindness