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Game of cat and mouse

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What is the meaning of the phrase "game of cat anf mouse?"

England ended their group stage games at the FIFA U17 World Cup with a narrow defeat against Brazil, but still progress to the knock-out stages as group leaders.

The Young Lions already knew they were through to the knock-out stages after winning their first two games against New Caledonia and Iran, but still had to face a Brazilian team who needed a victory to seal their own progress.

And it led to a thrilling first half in Jakarta, with both teams playing at a high tempo and looking to attack in what turned out to be a real game of cat and mouse.

Posted : 17/11/2023 2:52 pm
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A cat and mouse game would suggest that both teams were being very cagey and waiting to see if the other side made a mistake before attacking. So, I think the report may have got this wrong - if the game was so attacking then I am not sure we would say it was 'cat and mouse' - maybe 'end-to-end'?

Posted : 18/11/2023 7:10 pm

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