bird of passage

bird of passage
.bird of 'passage
plural birds of passage
1.) technical a bird that flies from one area or country to another, according to the seasons
2.) literary someone who never stays in the same place for long

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  • Bird of passage — Bird Bird (b[ e]rd), n. [OE. brid, bred, bird, young bird, bird, AS. bridd young bird. [root]92.] 1. Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2). [1913 Webster] That ungentle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bird of passage — (plural ,birds of passage) noun count 1. ) OLD FASHIONED a bird that flies from one part of the world to another when the season changes 2. ) LITERARY someone who keeps moving from one place to another …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bird of passage — n. 1. any migratory bird 2. anyone who travels or roams about constantly …   English World dictionary

  • bird of passage — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms bird of passage : singular bird of passage plural birds of passage literary someone who keeps moving from one place to another …   English dictionary

  • bird of passage — birds of passage N COUNT If you refer to someone as a bird of passage, you mean that they are staying in a place for a short time before going to another place. Most of these emigrants were birds of passage who returned to Spain after a… …   English dictionary

  • bird of passage — bird′ of pas′sage n. 1) orn a bird that migrates seasonally 2) a transient or migratory person • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • bird of passage — nomadic bird, wandering bird; temporary tenant, temporary resident …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bird of passage — noun 1. someone who leads a wandering unsettled life • Syn: ↑wanderer, ↑roamer, ↑rover • Derivationally related forms: ↑roam (for: ↑roamer), ↑wander ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • bird of passage — Date: 1678 1. a migratory bird 2. a person who leads a wandering or unsettled life …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bird of passage — 1. a bird that migrates seasonally. 2. a transient or migratory person. [1785 95] * * * …   Universalium

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