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The response you say to someone who chastises you for not being early or on time. The first mouse gets killed in the trap leaving the cheese for the second mouse.
You are late getting to the box office to buy tickets for a concert and the guy who has been waiting in line for hours tells you, "Dude, the early bird gets the worm!" You respond by saying, "Yeah, but the second mouse gets the cheese."
by AC137 October 04, 2009

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