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noun 
  1. (idiom) Two individuals and/or groups repeatedly keeping check on each other in a suspicious or self-protective way, often with the goal of one or both parties trying to gain a malicious advantage over the other.
The Allied and the enemy submarine played a on checking up on each other's whereabouts and supposed strategic plans.
The crackers played a with the computer's system administrators: The crackers kept trying new tricks, and the system administrators kept mounting electronic defenses to prevent damage and catch the crackers.
Translations: 
  • German: Katz-und-Maus-Spiel
  • Dutch: Kat-en-muisspel

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