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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Cat
 
Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat.
        Shakespeare.—King Henry V., Act I. Scene 2. (Westmoreland.)
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When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
        [An old Swedish saw which is literally “When the cat is away the rats dance on the table.” Anderson.—Okavango River, Chap. 17.]
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