• Proverb – When the cat’s away, the mice will play or While the cat’s away, the mice will play.
  • Meaning – If the person in charge of a group of people is not there, the group of people will do as they please. If a teacher or boss is not around, the students or workers will misbehave and play around. They will forget about their duties.
  • The cat can also refer to a partner in a relationship, the mouse being the other partner. This phrase can sometimes be used to mean that one partner is cheating on the other partner when they are away somewhere.


What is a proverb?

proverb is short, useful and well known expression. A proverb will state a general or obvious truth or a useful piece of advice. A proverb might teach you how to have a good life. A proverb may teach you to be healthy or kind.

  • Is there a similar proverb in your culture?