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bird of passagenoun [C]

uk   us   (plural birds of passage)
UK a ​bird that migrates (= ​moves from one ​area to another when the ​seasonchanges) a ​person who ​stays for only a ​shortperiod of ​time in one ​place, ​job, etc.: At ​present the ​organization has to rely on ​young, ​inexperiencedgraduates who are usually ​birds of ​passage.
(Definition of bird of passage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bird of passage”
in Chinese (Simplified) 候鸟, 漂泊不定的人, 过客…
in Chinese (Traditional) 候鳥, 漂泊不定的人, 過客…
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