there is honor among thieves

there is honor among thieves

Even criminals have a code of conduct or principle, especially not to inform against one another. Often used in the negative. Given the chance, most criminals facing extensive jail time are more than willing to give up their associates for a more lenient sentence, disposing of the ridiculous notion that there is honor among thieves. "You'll receive no reward, no benefit for protecting other criminals," the police chief said during his public statement. "There is no honor among thieves—if you have information to make this city safer, do the right thing and report it."
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There is honor among thieves.

Prov. Criminals do not commit crimes against each other. The gangster was loyal to his associates and did not tell their names to the police, demonstrating that there is honor among thieves.
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(there is) honour among ˈthieves

(saying) used to say that even criminals have standards of behaviour that they respect
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