Meaning of cat and mouse
cat' and mouse'
- Also calleda children's game in which players in a circle keep a player from moving into or out of the circle and permit a second player to move into or out of the circle to escape the pursuing first player.
- tick-tack-toe (def. 1).
- to engage in a gamelike relationship in which evasion and pursuit are used: They played cat and mouse for a while before she consented to go out with him.
- The detective played cat and mouse with the suspect.
- to toy or trifle with.
- to use strategy on one's opponent, esp. while waiting to strike:The detective played cat and mouse with the suspect.