bird of passage


noun

  1. a bird that migrates seasonally.
  2. a transient or migratory person.

noun

  1. a bird that migrates seasonally
  2. a transient person or one who roams about

A transient, one who is here today and gone tomorrow. For example, Mary moves nearly every year; she’s a true bird of passage. This phrase transfers the literal meaning of a migrating bird to human behavior. [Second half of 1700s]

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