a rolling stone gathers no moss


a rolling stone gathers no moss
Cf. ERASMUS Adages III. iv. λίθος κυλινδόμενος τὸ φῦκος οὐ ποιεῖ, a rolling stone does not gather sea-weed; musco lapis volutus haud obducitur, a rolling stone is not covered with moss.

1362 LANGLAND Piers Plowman A. x. 101 Selden Moseth [becomes mossy] the Marbelston that men ofte treden.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. xi. D2 The rollyng stone neuer gatherth mosse.

1579 S. GOSSON Ephemerides of Phialo 5v A rowling stone gathers no mosse, and a running hed wil neuer thriue.

1710 A. PHILIPS Pastorals II. 8 A Rolling Stone is ever bare of Moss.

1841 DICKENS Old Curiosity Shop II. xlviii. Your popular rumour, unlike the rolling stone of the proverb, is one which gathers a deal of moss in its wanderings up and down.

1979 Listener 5 July 16 A roadside notice..said in one long line: Loose stones travel slowly. Well, I dare say they do: rolling stones, we know, gather no moss.


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  • rolling stone gathers no moss — A person who changes jobs or where he lives often will not be able to save money or things of his own. A proverb. * /Uncle Willie was a rolling stone that gathered no moss. He worked in different jobs all over the country./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rolling stone gathers no moss — A person who changes jobs or where he lives often will not be able to save money or things of his own. A proverb. * /Uncle Willie was a rolling stone that gathered no moss. He worked in different jobs all over the country./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rolling\ stone\ gathers\ no\ moss — proverb A person who changes jobs or where he lives often will not be able to save money or things of his own. Uncle Willie was a rolling stone that gathered no moss. He worked in different jobs all over the country …   Словарь американских идиом

  • rolling stone gathers no moss — n. people pay a price for being on the move constantly in that they don t plant any roots in a specific place; people who are always on the go avoid responsibilities and cares …   English contemporary dictionary

  • A rolling stone gathers no moss — „Ein rollender Stein setzt kein Moos an.“ Das englische Sprichwort A rolling stone gathers no moss bedeutet wörtlich übersetzt: „Ein rollender Stein setzt kein Moos an.“[1] Es beschreibt da …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • A rolling stone gathers no moss — is a proverb.HistoryIt is often credited to the Sententiae of Publilius Syrus, and roughly translates as: People always moving, with no roots in one place, avoid responsibilities and cares. AccuracyThe television show MythBusters ran an… …   Wikipedia

  • a rolling stone gathers no moss — People say this to mean that an ambitious person is more successful than a person not trying to achieve anything. Originally it meant the opposite and was critical of people trying to get ahead …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • a rolling stone gathers no moss — ► a rolling stone gathers no moss proverb a person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth or status, or responsibilities or commitments. Main Entry: ↑roll …   English terms dictionary

  • a rolling stone gathers no moss — A wandering person does not grow rich, but is free from responsibilities and ties • • • Main Entry: ↑roll * * * proverb a person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth, status, responsibilities, or commitments …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) rolling stone gathers no moss — a rolling ˈstone gathers no ˈmoss idiom (saying) a person who moves from place to place, job to job, etc. does not have a lot of money, possessions or friends but is free from responsibilities Main entry: ↑rollidiom …   Useful english dictionary