a rolling stone

rolling stone

A person who wanders or travels often and at length, without settling down for any significant period of time. Based on the proverb "a rolling stone gathers no moss." I never knew my father very well. He became a bit of a rolling stone after my sister was born, so he'd only ever hang around for a week or two at a time.
See also: roll, stone
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a rolling stone

a person who does not settle in one place for long.
This expression comes from the proverb a rolling stone gathers no moss , meaning that a person who is always moving on will not accumulate wealth or status, or responsibilities or commitments.
See also: roll, stone
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a rolling ˈstone (gathers no ˈmoss)

(saying) a person who moves from place to place, job to job, etc. and so does not have a lot of money, possessions or friends but is free from responsibilities
See also: roll, stone
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