Butterflies

in the cab trade, are those drivers who take to the occupation only in summer-time, and at the best of the season. At other times they follow some other occupation.

“The feeling of the regular drivers against these `butterflies' is very strong.” —Nineteenth. Century (March, 1893, p. 177).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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