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bird of passage

A person who remains unfixed to a certain location, relocating from one place to another. The economy has forced me to become a bird of passage, moving around the state to wherever I can find work.
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rite of passage

An event or activity often performed or experienced as part of passing from one stage of life to another. Bar Mitzvah celebrations are a rite of passage as Jewish boys become men. Getting lost while trying to find their classrooms is kind of a rite of passage for freshmen at this school.
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passage of arms

obsolete A skirmish, conflict, dispute, or fight. Though he may seem like a bit of a milquetoast, there is no better man to have beside you with a sword in a passage of arms. It came to light that the elderly patron of the theatre engaged in a passage of arms with the theatre director about the issue, even going so far as threatening to withdraw her support.
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work (one's) passage

To do work in exchange for free travel to a specific town or country. After his company went bust in Los Angeles, Martin had to work his passage back to his family's home in Britain.
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bird of passage

A transient, one who is here today and gone tomorrow. For example, Mary moves nearly every year; she's a true bird of passage. This phrase transfers the literal meaning of a migrating bird to human behavior. [Second half of 1700s]
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a bird of passage

If you call someone a bird of passage, you mean that they never stay in one place for long. Most of these emigrants were birds of passage who returned to Spain after a relatively short stay.
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a bird of passage

someone who is always moving on.
Literally, a bird of passage is a migrant bird.
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passage of (or at) arms

a fight or dispute.
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work your passage

work in return for a free place on a voyage.
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rite of passage

a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially birth, initiation, marriage, and death.
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a rough passage

a difficult time or experience.
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a ˌbird of ˈpassage

a person who does not stay in a place for very long
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