rolling stone

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Etymology[edit]

From the proverb a rolling stone gathers no moss.

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rolling stone (plural rolling stones)

  1. (idiomatic) A person who moves around a lot and never settles down; a vagrant.
    • 1965, Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
      How does it feel
      To be on your own
      With no direction home
      Like a complete unknown
      Like a rolling stone?
    • 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Beach of Falesá
      Before that they had been a good deal on the move, trekking about after the white man, who was one of those rolling stones that keep going round after a soft job.
  2. (slang) A womanizer.
  3. (geology) A geological phenomenon where rocks move and inscribe long tracks along a smooth valley floor without animal or human intervention.
  4. (astronomy) A meteoroid.

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