The British Idiom – A Game of Cat and Mouse
Definition of A Game of Cat and Mouse
The English idiom, a game of cat and mouse, means a situation in which there is an impasse.
That is to say, neither side can gain an advantage over the other and thus the situation cannot be resolved.
The cat cannot catch the mouse, but the mouse cannot defeat the cat.
Examples of Usage of A Game of Cat and Mouse
When I was a policeman, I was always playing cat and mouse games with the criminals.
At Christmas, shoppers play a cat and mouse game with retailers. The shoppers know that the retailers will reduce prices in the January sales. They avoid spending their money in the run-up to Christmas. The retailers have to reduce their prices to tempt the shoppers back. The result of this cat and mouse game is never-ending sales both before and after Christmas.
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