cat-and-mouse


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cat-and-mouse

(kăt′n-mous′)
adj.
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).

cat-and-mouse

adj
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
Translations

cat-and-mouse

adj to play cat-and-mouse or a cat-and-mouse game with somebodymit jdm Katz und Maus spielen

cat-and-mouse

[ˈkætˌəndˈmaus] adj to play a cat-and-mouse game with sbgiocare al gatto e al topo con qn
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In one of the offending cat-and-mouse cartoons, Tom tries to woo a lady cat by rolling and smoking a cigarette with one hand.
Unfortunately, the grumpy old gobbler isn't cottoning to any cat-and-mouse games.
Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno offer some reflections on this topic in "Briannnnnn and Ferryyyyyy," 2004, a series of short animations riffing on that old cartoon staple, the cat-and-mouse chase.