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

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

proverb When two people are engaged in trying to obtain the same thing, they are apt to miss the presence of a third party who can then take the thing from them. 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 bone, a third one runs away with it."
See also: away, dog, fight, one, run, third, two, while
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