honour among thieves

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there is honor among thieves

Even criminals adhere to a code of conduct or certain principles, especially not to inform against one another. Often used in the negative. In the collective of pickpockets, no one dared steal from another. There is some honor among thieves. 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.
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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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