(idiomatic) suspenseful, involving alternating roles of attack and defence.
Example: 2012 February 15, Jonathan McEvoy, â€œHoy and Kenny keep it friendly but barnstorming Olympic battle looms at the Velodromeâ€, Daily Mail:
Does that produce a different dynamic when they meet in battle?
â€˜It does,â€™ said Hoy. â€˜I tell myself that it doesnâ€™t matter who you race against, you try to expose their weaknesses. The only difference is that they know your weaknesses. It just makes it a bit more of a mind game, a cat-and-mouse strategy.
2003 December 12, Stephen Holden, â€œThe Statement (2003) FILM REVIEW; A Frenchman on the Run From His Vichy Pastâ€, New York Times:
A cat-and-mouse thriller with delusions of grandeur, The Statement arrives wrapped in an intimidating mystique of high-minded solemnity that makes its vagueness and incoherence all the more disappointing when the pieces don't add up.