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cat and mouse

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cat and mousenoun
cat and mouse
noun
Learner's definition of CAT AND MOUSE  
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: behavior that is like the way a cat chases a mouse or plays with a mouse before killing it — used especially to describe a situation in which someone says or does different things to deceive or control other people, to avoid being caught, etc. — usually used with play

— cat–and–mouse

adjective
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