Meaning of When the cat is not there, the mice have a party

What is When the cat is not there, the mice have a party:

"When the cat is away, the mice party" is a saying that means that when the authority figure is absent, the others relax in the fulfillment of their obligations.

In every human group, linked for various reasons (family, friendship, work, etc.), there is always a figure who is in charge of maintaining order, imposing respect, making decisions, etc. Its hierarchy allows the group to function, fulfill its obligations, and behave appropriately.

For this reason, the temporary lack of this figure is sometimes detrimental to the order of the group: people take liberties, forget their duties, change their behavior, assume the role of leader without real notions of what it means, among other things. .

In this sense, the saying is applied, in general, to suggest the consequences of lowering the guard or neglecting the order of the group. It is very common to refer it in the absence of the head of the office, or of the father or mother of the house.

This saying can be rendered into English as “when the cat’s away, the mice will play”, Which literally translates to 'when the cat is not there, the mice play'.

Variants

It is a saying that has presented many variations throughout history and geography. Here are some of the most used.

  • When the cats leave the house, the mice are in dance.
  • When the cat is absent, the mice are brave.
  • When the cat is not at home, the mice roam.
  • When the cat goes to his devotions, the mice dance.
  • When the cat is not at home, the mice dance.
  • When the cat is not at home, the mice have fun.
  • When the cat is not at home, the mice roam.
  • When the cat is not at home, the mice play.
  • When the cat is not at home, the mice go out.
  • When the cat is away, the mice have fun.
  • When the cat is missing, the mice dance.
  • Cats die, beg for a while.
  • Relax hens, the rooster is in harvest.
  • Relax, chickens, the rooster is dead.

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