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bird of passage

noun
1.
a bird that migrates seasonally.
2.
a transient or migratory person.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95
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British Dictionary definitions for bird-passage

bird of passage

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

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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