Meaning of “while the cat's away, the mice will play” in the English Dictionary

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"while the cat's away, the mice will play" in British English

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while the cat's away, the mice will play

saying

said when the person who is in charge of a place is not there, and the people there behave badly

(Definition of “while the cat's away, the mice will play” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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