山中无老虎,猴子称霸王

Pronounced: shān zhōng wú lǎo hǔ, hóu zi chēng bà wáng
Literally: Mountain in lacking tiger, monkey called big king/overlord
Means: “When the mountain has no tiger, the monkeys can be called king!” Sort of like, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play!” Also commenting on how people can seem more or less important depending on who they’re being compared to.

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