Roll meaning

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To move in a periodic revolution, as a planet in its orbit.
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To become flattened by pressure applied by a roller.
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Roll is defined as to move by turning over and over or to move forward on wheels.

An example of to roll is throwing a pair of dice.

An example of to roll is doing a somersault.

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The definition of a roll is something that's been coiled or twisted into a cylinder.

An example of a roll is duct tape.

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Roll means a small piece of bread.

An example of roll is an individual serving of bread eaten warm with butter.

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To move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.
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To travel or be moved on wheels or rollers.

Rolled down the sidewalk on their scooters.

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To travel around; wander.

Roll from town to town.

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To turn over and over.

The puppy rolled in the mud.

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To shift the gaze usually quickly and continually.

The child's eyes rolled with fright.

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To turn around or revolve on an axis.
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To move or advance with a rising and falling motion; undulate.

The waves rolled toward shore.

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To extend or appear to extend in gentle rises and falls.

The dunes roll to the sea.

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To move or rock from side to side.

The ship pitched and rolled in heavy seas.

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To walk with a swaying, unsteady motion.
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(slang) To experience periodic rushes after taking an intoxicating drug, especially MDMA.
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To make a deep, prolonged, surging sound.

Thunder rolled in the distance.

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To make a sustained trilling sound, as certain birds do.
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To beat a drum in a continuous series of short blows.
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To enjoy ample amounts.

Rolled in the money.

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To cause to move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.
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To move or push along on wheels or rollers.

Rolled the plane out of the hangar.

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To impel or send onward in a steady, swelling motion.

The sea rolls its waves onto the sand.

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To impart a swaying, rocking motion to.

Heavy seas rolled the ship.

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To cause to begin moving or operating.

Roll the cameras; roll the presses.

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To extend or lay out.

Rolled out a long rope.

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To pronounce or utter with a trill.

You must roll your r 's in Spanish.

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To utter or emit in full, swelling tones.
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To beat (a drum) with a continuous series of short blows.
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A list of names of persons belonging to a group.
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To go by; elapse.

The days rolled along.

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To recur. Often used with around:

Summer has rolled around again.

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To take the shape of a ball or cylinder.

Yarn rolls easily.

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To pour, flow, or move in a continual stream.

Tourists rolling into the city.

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To turn around or partly turn around; rotate.

Rolled his head toward the door.

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To wrap (something) round and round upon itself or around something else. Often used with up:

Roll up a poster.

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To spread, compress, or flatten by applying pressure with a roller.

Roll pastry dough.

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(printing) To apply ink to (type) with a roller or rollers.
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(games) To throw (dice), as in craps.
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(slang) To rob (a drunken, sleeping, or otherwise helpless person).
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The act or an instance of rolling.
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Something rolled up.

A roll of tape.

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A quantity, as of cloth or wallpaper, rolled into a cylinder and often considered as a unit of measure.
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A piece of parchment or paper that may be or is rolled up; a scroll.
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A register or a catalogue.
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A mass in cylindrical or rounded form.

A roll of tobacco.

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A rolling, swaying, or rocking motion.
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A gentle swell or undulation of a surface.

The roll of the plains.

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A deep reverberation or rumble.

The roll of thunder.

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A rapid succession of short sounds.

The roll of a drum.

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A trill.

The roll of his r 's.

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A resonant, rhythmical flow of words.
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A roller, especially a cylinder on which to roll something up or with which to flatten something.
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A maneuver in which an airplane makes a single complete rotation about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude.
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(slang) Money, especially a wad of paper money.
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A throw of dice.
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To travel about; wander.
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To pass; elapse.

The years rolled by.

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To extend in gentle swells or undulations.
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To make a loud, continuous rising and falling sound.

Thunder rolls.

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To rise and fall in a full, mellow cadence.
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To trill or warble.
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To form a ball or cylinder when turned over and over on itself.
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To turn in a circular motion or move back and forth.

With eyes rolling.

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To rock from side to side.

The ship pitched and rolled.

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To walk by swaying.
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To become flattened or spread under a roller.
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To make progress; advance.

Start rolling.

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To start operating.

The presses rolled.

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To take part in a bowling game.
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(informal) To have plenty; abound (in)

Rolling in wealth.

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(football) To move laterally.
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To move by turning on an axis or over and over.

To roll a hoop.

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To move or send on wheels or rollers.
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To cause to start operating.
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To move or send in a full, sweeping motion.
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To beat (a drum) with blows in rapid, light succession.
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To utter with full, flowing sound.

To roll one's words.

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To pronounce or say with a trill.

To roll one's r's.

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To give a swaying motion to.

Waves rolling the ship along.

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To move gently around and around or from side to side.

The baby rolled her head.

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To make into a ball or cylinder by winding over and over itself or something else.

To roll a cigarette.

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To wrap or enfold, as in a covering.

To roll a child in a blanket.

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To make flat, smooth, or spread out as by using a roller, rolling pin, etc.
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(slang) To rob (a drunken or sleeping person)
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(printing) To spread ink on (type, a form, etc.) with a roller.
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The act or an instance of rolling.
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A register; catalog.
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A list of names for checking attendance; muster roll.
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A measure of something rolled into a cylinder.

A roll of wallpaper.

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A cylindrical mass of something.

A sausage roll.

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Any of various foods that are rolled during preparation.
  • Any small portion of bread, variously shaped.
  • Thin cake covered with fruit, nuts, etc. and rolled.
    A pecan roll.
  • Beef, veal, etc. rolled and cooked.
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A roller (in various senses)
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A swaying or rolling motion.
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A rapid succession of light blows on a drum.
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A loud, reverberating sound; peal, as of thunder.
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A full, cadenced flow of words.
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A trill or warble.
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A slight swell or rise on the surface of something, as land.
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(slang) Money; esp., a wad of paper money.
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(aeron.) A maneuver in which an airplane in flight performs one complete rotation around its longitudinal axis.
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(bookbinding) A revolving tool used in making an impression or pattern.
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(ergative) To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface.

To roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.

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To wrap (something) round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over.

To roll a sheet of paper; to roll clay or putty into a ball.

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To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to enwrap; often with up.

To roll up the map for shipping.

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(intransitive) To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball.

The cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.

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(ergative) To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling.

This river will roll its waters to the ocean.

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(ergative) To utter copiously, especially with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; "” often with forth, or out.

To roll forth someone's praises; to roll out sentences.

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To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers.

To roll a field; to roll paste; to roll steel rails.

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(intransitive) To spread itself under a roller or rolling-pin.

The pastry rolls well.

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(ergative) To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
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(chiefly US, Canada, colloquial) To leave or begin a journey.

I want to get there early; let's roll.

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(chiefly US, Canada, colloquial) To compete, especially with vigor.

OK guys, we're only down by two points. Let's roll!

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To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
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(geometry) To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in such a manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
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To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
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(US, slang) To behave in a certain way; to adopt a general disposition toward a situation.

I was going to kick his ass, but he wasn't worth getting all worked up over; I don't roll like that.

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(gaming, intransitive) To throw dice.
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(gaming) To roll dice such that they form a given pattern or total.

If you roll doubles, you get an extra turn.

With two dice, you're more likely to roll seven than ten.

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To have a rolling aspect.

The hills rolled on.

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(gaming) To create a new character in a role-playing game.

I'm gonna go and roll a new shaman tonight.

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(computing) To generate a random number.
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To turn over and over.

The child will roll on the floor.

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To tumble in gymnastics.
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(nautical, of a vessel) To rotate on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare with pitch.
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To beat up.
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(slang) To cause to betray secrets or to testify for the prosecution.

The feds rolled him by giving him a free pass for most of what he'd done.

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(intransitive, slang) To betray secrets.

He rolled on those guys after being in jail two days.

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(informal) To act.
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(slang) To be under the influence of MDMA (a psychedelic stimulant, also known as ecstasy).
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(intransitive, of a camera) To be filming.

The cameras are rolling.

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To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution.

The years roll on.

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To move, like waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
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To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise.

The thunder rolled and the lightning flashed.

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The act of rolling, or state of being rolled.

The roll of a ball.

Look at the roll of the waves.

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That which rolls; a roller.
  • A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
  • One of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill.
    To pass rails through the rolls.
  • That which is rolled up.
    A roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
  • A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
  • Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
  • A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form.
    A roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
  • A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
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A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
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(nautical) The oscillating movement of a nautical vessel as it rotates from side to side, on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching. The measure or extent to which a vessel does this.
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A heavy, reverberatory sound.

Hear the roll of cannon.

Hear the roll of thunder.

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The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
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A measure of parchments, containing five dozen.
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The rotation angle about the longitudinal axis.

Calculate the roll of that aircraft.

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The act of, or total resulting from, rolling one or more dice.

Make your roll.

Whoever gets the highest roll moves first.

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A winning streak of continuing luck, especially at gambling (especially in the phrase on a roll).

He is on a roll tonight.

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A training match for a fighting dog.
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(informal) on a roll
  • Undergoing or experiencing sustained, even increasing good fortune or success:
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(slang) roll in the hay
  • Sexual intercourse.
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(games) roll the bones
  • To cast dice, especially in craps.
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(slang) roll with the punches
  • To cope with and withstand adversity, especially by being flexible.
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a roll in the hay
  • sexual intercourse
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be on a roll
  • to have a series of successes; go from success to success
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roll around
  • to recur, as in a cycle
    Winter rolled around again.
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roll back
  • to move back
  • to reduce (prices) to a previous or standard level by government action and control
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roll in
  • to assemble, arrive, or appear, usually in large numbers or amounts
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roll one's eyes
  • to move the eyes upward or from side to side as a gesture of impatience, exasperation, contempt, etc.
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roll out
  • to flatten into a sheet by rolling
  • to spread out by unrolling
  • to get out of bed
  • to introduce (a new product)
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roll over
  • to refinance (a maturing note, etc.)
  • to reinvest (funds) so as to defer the payment of taxes
  • to submit; give in or give up
  • to defeat overwhelmingly
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roll up
  • to make or put into the form of a roll
  • to wrap up by turning over and over
  • to acquire or increase by accumulation
  • to arrive in a vehicle
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roll with the punches
  • to cope with adverse circumstances by adapting oneself to them
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strike off the rolls
  • to expel from membership
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of roll

  • Middle English rollen from Old French roler from Vulgar Latin rotulāre from Latin rotula diminutive of rota wheel ret- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The verb is from Middle English rollen, from Old French roler, from Medieval Latin rotulare (“to roll", "revolve"), from Latin rotula (“a little wheel"), diminutive of rota (“a wheel").

    From Wiktionary

  • The noun is from Middle English rolle, from Old French rolle, from Medieval Latin rotulus (“a roll, list, catalogue, schedule, record, a paper or parchment rolled up").

    From Wiktionary