rolling stone

  1. a restless or wandering person

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How to use rolling stone in a sentence

  • Like me, he entered railway life in 1867; but, p. 69unlike me, has not been a rolling stone.

  • But in reply to their warning that "a rolling stone gathers no moss" he said that that was not his aim.

  • For years he has been a rolling stone, but always said that when he settled down he would come to Colester.

    The Pagan's Cup | Fergus Hume
  • We keep repeating the silly proverb that a rolling stone gathers no moss, as if moss were a desirable parasite.

  • He is a rolling stone that gathers no moss, but manages to glue itself to greenbacks at every turn.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service

Other Idioms and Phrases with rolling stone

rolling stone

A person who moves about a great deal and never settles down, as in Kate's lived in ten cities in as many years—she's a real rolling stone. This expression is a shortening of the proverb a rolling stone gathers no moss, first recorded in 1523, which indicates that one who never settles anywhere will not do well. After some 300 years of this interpretation, in the mid-1800s the value of gathering moss (and staying put) began to be questioned, and in current usage the term is most often used without any particular value judgment.

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