while two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third one runs away with it

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while two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third one runs away with it

proverb When two people are engaged in trying to obtain the same thing, they are liable to miss the presence of a third party who is then able to take the thing for themselves. A: "Hal and I were fighting over the ball when Mara just came and stole it from us!" B: "Classic. While two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third one runs away with it."
See also: away, dog, fight, for, one, run, third, two, while
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