when one's back is turned
When one is away or not looking, as in You can count on the children to misbehave when the teacher's back is turned, or I don't dare go on vacation; he'll take my job when my back is turned. Also see when the cat's away, the mice will play.
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- when in rome do as the romans do,
- when in rome, do as the romans do,
- when it comes to,
- when it rains, it pours,
- when least expected,
- when one's ship comes in,
- when pigs fly,
- when the cat's away, the mice will play,
- when the chips are down,
- when the dust has settled
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