One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
People will naturally take advantage of the absence of someone in authority to do as they like.‘‘His parents are away for the weekend.’ ‘I see—while the cat's away.’’
- ‘He left last night, straight from work, and as you know, while the cat's away, the mice will play.’
- ‘He was propping up the bar when she entered the pub, because, as he explained with a wink, ‘Fiona's organizing a charity lunch and, while the cat's away…’.’
- ‘It's certainly a case of while the cat's away, the mice will play - what they get up to is barely legal!’
- ‘It looked like a case of: when the cat's away, the mice will play.’
- ‘However, it rings true that when the cat's away, the mice will play,’ said Dronkers.’
- ‘His employees decide that while the cat is away the mice will play and their search for adventure quickly develops into farcical madness.’
- ‘But, as they say, when the cat's away, the mice will play, and so they did.’
- ‘We''ve always enjoyed that restaurant, but you were right in saying when the cat (the owner) is away the mice will play.’
- ‘But when the cat's away, the mice will play and that's exactly what the players will be hoping to do while their big game-breakers are missing.’
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