While the cat's away (the mice will play).

While the cat's away (the mice will play).
When/While the cat's away (the mice will play). something that you say which means when the person in authority is absent, people will not do what they should do.

Do you think it's wise to leave the children alone for so long? You know, while the cat's away...


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