Meaning of “bird of passage” in the English Dictionary


"bird of passage" in English

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bird of passagenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbɜːd əv ˈpæs.ɪdʒ/ us /ˌbɝːd əv ˈpæs.ɪdʒ/ plural birds of passage

UK a bird that migrates (= moves from one area to another when the season changes)

a person who stays for only a short period of time in one place, job, etc.:

At present the organization has to rely on young, inexperienced graduates who are usually birds of passage.

(Definition of “bird of passage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)