when the cat's away the mice will play

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when the cat’s away the mice will play

  1. In the absence of a controlling entity, subordinates will take advantage of circumstances.

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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 367.