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

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

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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Like A Rolling Stone includes a partial biography of Dylan's life, of course, but the central theme is the song itself, the history of its creation, recording and distribution, how it brought together different traditions of American music and speech, and forever changed perspectives on music as a whole and pop culture music in particular.
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29, 1995--When a visitor to the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum steps up to one of the museum's interactive kiosks and selects a video clip of a Rolling Stones concert on The Red Skelton Show, that image is delivered to the screen using state-of-the-art multimedia technology provided by Starlight Networks (Mountain View, Calif.
By making a selection on the kiosk's touchscreen, the visitor can listen to a Rolling Stones song and then hear Chuck Berry sing "Johnny B.