cat-and-mouse game

cat-and-mouse game

1. A situation characterized by two parties engaged in a constant back-and-forth routine in which the advantage alternates between them. It's been a real cat-and-mouse game between these two teams—we won't be sure of the victory until the very last moment!
2. A situation characterized by two parties engaged in a constant back-and-forth routine in which one party attempts to gain tactical advantage over or draw out of hiding the other, often only to be thwarted or eluded. Police have been playing a cat-and-mouse game with drug dealers in this area for years now.
See also: game
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All this appears to be nothing more than a cat-and-mouse game.
A complicated cat-and-mouse game ensues, and you're soon sucked into figuring out the trick.
Either way, the real pleasure of Lees film comes from the cat-and-mouse game between Russell and Denzel Washington's Detective Keith Frazier, an ambitious and savvy cop with plenty of smarts and cunning of his own.
From then on, the British lieutenant FitzGibbon and the Yankee captain Chapin carry on a cat-and-mouse game of deception and guerilla tactics to try to get the upper hand.
Algonquin Park: Early March, 2002, achieves an even greater sense of destabilization, playing a cat-and-mouse game with our cognitive abilities by pitting the eye against the mind.
These two things are happening together which make-up the cat-and-mouse game - shoppers hold off in their knowledge that stores will bring down the prices and then the stores reduce costs and the customers come back.
OODA explains nearly any cat-and-mouse game of warfare: The winner is the one who can decide and act the fastest.
Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter Sarah get caught up in a cat-and-mouse game inside their new home with three burglars.
First he asked for a number from the audience and then proceeded to stamp out that number in multiple combinations of it, playing a cat-and-mouse game with the tabla (drum) player who would follow Khan's beatings in dialogue with the dancer.
The five - Kym Marsh, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, Danny Foster and Noel Sullivan - have been playing a cat-and-mouse game with fans.
Eleven years later Harris continues to tweak gay sensibilities with Hannibal, the third chapter in the cat-and-mouse game between serial killer Dr.
Andrew Glass, a psychiatrist who becomes entangled in her cat-and-mouse game.
The result is a cat-and-mouse game between cop and robber with enough chemistry and competition to blow the doors off a bank vault.
Eventually, the United States would have to stand down its forces and at that point the same old cat-and-mouse game would resume--no doubt, only to be followed in turn by more build-ups and more compliance and then more draw downs and more obstruction.
Spammers, malware authors and others play a perpetual cat-and-mouse game, subverting the legitimate use of technology, like encryption, to initiate stealthier, more sophisticated attacks," Chasin said.