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When the Cat's Away the Mice Will Play

cat idioms

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
- English Proverb


This idiom means that without supervision, people will do what they want to do - without any regard for the rules.

Here are two examples of this idiom:

1. When the parents were away, the children had a wild party.
When the cat’s away, the mice will play!
2. While their boss was away on holiday, the employees went home early every day. When the cat’s away, the mice will play!

Here are three other idioms with cats. Do you know what they mean?

1.
Cat got your tongue?
2.
Fat cat
3.
Copycat




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