Definition of roll in English:
- A ball rolls slowly into the frame, its impetus unseen.
- But the car is already wrecked against a tree, and a beach ball rolls away from it.
- One shocking scene shows street children assaulting a wino and gleefully rolling him down the stairs, punishment for his spiritual and physical corruption.
- She shrugged, and then rolled off to her side, yawning and falling asleep.
- I sighed and rolled onto my stomach, lying face down on the cot.
- I rolled onto my stomach and lay there for a while.
- Nothing says humiliation like having a group of kids roll their eyes and point at you, disappointed that your lanky body will be gracing their team.
- My favourite moment in the film is when Marto says he could give up the drugs easily and his girlfriend rolls her eyes.
- The actor just rolls his eyes and makes the occasional face.
- I must have spent 10 or 15 minutes rolling on the floor in agony.
- They wound up rolling around on the floor.
- I had stopped some of my childhood fun such as running with the village boys and catching fish and rolling in the dirt and had started acting more like a young woman.
- He hit the kerb and rolled his car.
- He began drinking heavily, and after one sodden evening at a local bar he rolled his car on the highway.
- It was really scary rolling the car like that.
- If a player rolled a twelve, he collected all the coins on the board.
- The odds of rolling a six with one die are 1 in six.
- From now on, if anyone rolls a double-one or a double-six, all moves are reversed for the next turn, okay?
- There follows a four and a half minute high-angle shot of a carriage wheel rolling along a dirt road, while a male voice-over narration reads a letter the novelist had written to his daughter.
- But as they tear down the dirt roads in the dead of night, a truck rolls out of nowhere, they lose control, and their car ends up in a ditch.
- A pickup truck rolls down a dark highway.
- The trashcan is wheeled, so the whole can be lifted and rolled, though it would require some effort.
- As I rolled the shopping cart toward the front door to exit the store, a bell went off.
- For a while, he joined the kid on the floor, rolling the toy truck across the room and watching the small boy run after it jubilantly.
- As more time rolled on, he too became tired.
- As the years rolled by, we began to see light at the end of the tunnel.
- They discussed various life events, and learned bits about each other as the days rolled on.
- Increased competition has also led to superior quality products rolling off the local assembly lines.
- That's unheard of in an industry where design, engineering, and manufacturing often argue over quality problems right up until the first car rolls off the assembly line.
- Suddenly, Brazilians had money to spend - but not on the outmoded, second-rate models that had been rolling off local assembly lines.
- Sure, there are plot holes, but most of them don't become apparent until long after the end credits have rolled and the film is being analyzed in a post-screening discussion.
- It's the kind of film that sticks with you after the credits roll…
- At the end, while the credits roll, we are shown the reactions of the actors on seeing the film for the first time.
- The first plate is prepared, ink is spread on the rollers, paper is laid on the press bed and the machine rolls into action.
- The planter was rolling at 6 a.m. every day and didn't stop until 11 p.m.
- He just placed seven cameras with infrared tape and microphones in different areas of his studio and let them roll.
- If you two don't mind, it's time to roll!
- The moment Ed Lake heard the words, he thought: All right. Let's roll!
- "Come on guys, let's roll."
- That comment is inappropriate: I don't know what website you think you are on, but that is not how we roll.
- Dads aren't worried if you forget them, that is the way we roll in the Dad world.
- I told her I don't make financial decisions without consulting my husband: that's not how we roll.
- If a print is too large and has to be rolled and sent in a tube, it should be taken out immediately after it arrived at its destination.
- Paintings can be rolled and carried in a pocket.
- He looks back at his usual table and sees Gilbert finish his coffee, roll up his paper, and exit.
- He sits hunched on his stool, rolling himself a cigarette.
- She took out a packet of tobacco, rolled herself a cigarette and lit it from the candle that was burning on the table.
- He rolled a spliff, left his house and began to walk towards Woolstone Road.
- She rolled into a ball on the floor.
- If you give an armadillo a fright, he'll stop, and drop, and roll up tight.
- Pull your knees into your chest, hugging them, and roll into a ball.
- They learned how to roll cheese from a team of brawny factory workers who made fun of the tiny women even as they insisted on perfection.
- By rolling down the cover crop in spring instead of mowing it, the cover crop takes longer to decompose and becomes a weed-suppressing mulch.
- On a lightly floured surface roll the pastry into a rectangle.
- But the lightening has flashed and the thunder rolled…
- Captivated by the breathtaking scenery, his sensitive response to nature encapsulated his impression of the roar of the waves rolling into the cavern and the cries of the seabirds.
- Lightning forked the sky outside and the thunder rolled down the hills in a tumble.
- When he spoke, his peculiar way of rolling his r's made him difficult to understand.
- Her fake accent irritated me a bit -- particularly the way she rolled the letter R.
- Croatian speakers are used to rolling the ‘r’ sound in all of the words in their Native language.
- He rolls his lines around in his mouth as if relishing their taste, and you can almost smell the bourbon and cigars on his breath when he talks.
- He rolls each syllable of ‘Lo-li-ta’ across the tip of his tongue.
- ‘She is goooorrrrrgeous, isn't she?’ he asks, rolling the words around in his mouth.
- If he could, he would have let the words roll off his tongue.
- They stuck together for years, and the names still roll off the tongue.
- The writing was excellent, with Verity's sarcastic one-liners to customers simply rolling off the tongue.
- There are 32 hours I blacked out, but I think I mostly watched television and maybe rolled a liquor store.
- He was rolled by a group of hooligans.
- She rolled a bank in Albuquerque.
nounBack to top
- He buys paper in a roll and cuts it himself into 32-by 40-inch sheets.
- He said that he pictured him pulling the paper from a roll and cutting and tearing it where it suits him.
- Here are some new photos from the one roll of film which I just got back today.
- The left panel depicts a portion of a roll of shiny steel being formed at a factory.
- It looked like rolls of thick sausage on their stomachs.
- Protruding out the open sides were thick rolls of flesh that undulated like two well-fed seals.
- Casual classics such as fried clams, fish and chips and lobster rolls are transformed into elegant fare.
- The processing plant now produces several types of dough and bread products, including its latest addition: a frozen cinnamon roll that can be microwaved.
- The little bistro offers excellent breakfasts of fluffy scrambled eggs, warm cinnamon rolls, and frothy lattes.
- The heated bars pass through the rolls seven to eight times.
- As the sheets of metal pass through the rolls, they are squeezed thinner and extruded through the gap between the rolls.
- Steel sheets are manufactured in a rolling process where the rolls are used to reduce the sheet thickness and to achieve the desired surface characteristics.
- Rain drops, dices rolls, the clack of betting chips, and peasants working in the fields all make their own sort of music.
- He continually plays to the courtroom audience with rolls of his eyes, rubbing his head, or agitated fanning of his face.
- Suddenly the art houses of America turned on him with a collective eye roll.
- As part of our warm up, we were doing tumbles and on one of them (a reverse handstand into a roll) I stupidly hit my own face with my knee.
- She throws herself into a roll and ends up with legs and feet at all angles.
- She sees stars wheel overhead, the world tumbling around her, and she turns her tumble into a roll.
- The chassis displays impressive levels of composure and minimal roll through the turns.
- The system can directly measure the roll of the vehicle frame as it passes over such terrain.
- At every roll of the boat the water would rush in.
- The gentle roll of the hills pleases the senses.
- The dip and roll of the country conceals low hills topped by historic towns.
- The neatly planted rows of corn and sugar beets accentuate the gentle roll of the landscape.
- The orchestral instrument uses softer beaters, like giant timpani sticks, often double-ended so that a roll may be played one-handed by twisting the wrist.
- Learn how to play a six stroke roll on the drums in this free video music lesson.
- Remember, you are not limited to playing a roll on the snare drum!
- The bakery produces organic breads, rolls, and cookies.
- We make 150 different types of breads and rolls out of this plant.
- The organic burgers and all-beef polish sausages will be served with organic condiments on organic rolls.
- Their names read like a roll of the literary and artistic talents of that brilliant age.
- He wasn't a class officer or an honor roll geek, but he was certainly above average in just about everything he did.
- Such responsibility and stewardship seems to characterize these and all the other projects in this year's honor roll.
- For dairy, which employed nearly 137,000 people three years ago, employment rolls are expected to fall 9.3 percent in the next seven years.
- She said she would support the proposal because of concern about the falling school rolls.
- This is not a case of falling school rolls and a declining area.
- The roll appears to have been commissioned by one Sir Thomas Chaworth in the 1320s and passed by descent until sold privately by the Chaworth Musters family in 1988.
- They also occur for his father, John Ashby, in a roll dated c.1480-1500.
- Illuminated manuscripts are handwritten books or rolls with painted decoration and illustration.
a roll in the hay (or the sack)
- informal An act of sexual intercourse.Example sentences
- She'd been enjoying regular rolls in the hay with the England manager.
- She just had no sexual appetite and her husband was complaining bitterly about the infrequent rolls in the hay.
- She didn't intend to give him the impression she was ready for a roll in the sack.
be rolling (in money)
- informal Be very rich.Example sentences
- The common perception that farmers are rolling in money, could not be further from the truth.
- At the same time, people see where you are, at the top of the League, and people think the club must be rolling in money again.
- I don't want people to feel that the Government is rolling in money.
on a roll
- informal Experiencing a prolonged spell of success or good luck: the organization is on a rollMore example sentences
- With his last few albums, he has been on a roll, consistently producing jazz of the very highest standard.
- New Zealand film is apparently on a roll according to our media.
- All the smaller underground clubs are on a roll and the commercialised side of dance music is starting to wane.
rolled into one
- (Of characteristics drawn from different people or things) combined in one person or thing: banks are several businesses rolled into oneMore example sentences
- The online company certainly has changed, but even now it is a hybrid: a bookstore, magazine and electronic agora all rolled into one.
- It is essentially three movies rolled into one: a traditional superhero story, a coming-of-age tale, and a romance.
- It's a tone poem, a scathing indictment of the Texas public health system, a tragedy, and a music video all rolled into one.
rolling in the aisles
- informal (Of an audience) laughing uncontrollably.Example sentences
- To be fair, this is just the kind of lowbrow humor that will have junior high and high school students rolling in the aisles.
- Surely by now, you must be rolling in the aisles?
- There are a few decent jokes, but nothing that'll have you rolling in the aisles with splitting sides.
roll of honor
- A list of people whose deeds or achievements are honored, or who have died in battle.Example sentences
- The professor, with the help of many colleagues acknowledged in a list that reads like a roll of honour for services to the real and now threatened NHS, has written a brave, necessary book.
- Thousands of motorcyclists participated in the Star Rider programme developed by Fingal County Council that topped the roll of honour at the Irish Road Safety Endeavour Awards.
- They've never nailed their name to the European Cup roll of honour.
roll of the dice
- see dice.
roll one's own
- informal Make one’s own cigarettes from loose tobacco.Example sentences
- Plus, and this is a big plus, you don't smoke as much tobacco when you roll your own.
- He has smoked for 55 years, for many years he rolled his own, and later switched to 2-3 packs/day.
- As the settlement exerts a greater effect and cigarette prices rise, some smokers may switch from full-price to discount brands or roll their own, at least for a while.
roll up one's sleeves
- Prepare to fight or work.Example sentences
- He is prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in.
- Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get down to business.
- We are prepared to roll up our sleeves and work for as long as necessary to make progress.
roll with the punches
- (Of a boxer) move one’s body away from an opponent’s blows so as to lessen the impact.Example sentences
- Least I forget, he was slipping punches or rolling with the punches to diminish their impact.
- Some nights, like his fight with Davey Moore, he'd roll with the punches.
- His technique was to roll with the punches.
roll something back
- Reverse the progress or reduce the power or importance of something: her bid to roll back state powerMore example sentences
- Many of the gains made in the last 30 years have been rolled back.
- Fourteen countries report new cases of polio - stark proof that scientific advances can be rolled back, given enough bad policy.
- The protesters said if the decision of the government was not rolled back by August 1, they would be compelled to intensify the agitation.
- informal Be received in large amounts: the money was rolling inMore example sentences
pour in, flood in, flow in
- As the drinks flow and the money rolls in, Moe takes credit for the creation and cuts Homer out completely.
- Now all 20th Century Fox had to do was wait for the money to start rolling in.
- It's a time-tested formula: take some young talented stars, throw them in a genre piece, and watch the money roll in.
- 2.1Arrive at a place in a casual way, typically in spite of being late: Steve rolled in about lunchtime
roll something out
- Officially launch or unveil a new product or service: the firm rolled out its newest generation of supercomputersMore example sentences
- The new products will be rolled out over the course of the fourth calendar quarter.
- Since the launch, new applications have been rolled out gradually.
- These issues will become more significant as new services are rolled out.
roll something over
- Finance Contrive or extend a particular financial arrangement: this is not a good time for rolling over corporate debtMore example sentences
- The government announced last week it would roll the debt over to the next financial year.
- You can remove these contributions from the plan tax-free before rolling the money over, although other penalties could apply.
- Normally, trust companies roll these bonds over when they mature instead of redeeming them.
- informal Arrive in a vehicle: we rolled up at the same timeMore example sentences
fold (up), furl, wind up, coil (up), bundle up
- The bus rolls up to the porticoed entrance, literally bypassing the parking and traffic problems that the foundation's neighbors have been suing about.
- One afternoon, while writing their names in wet cement, a car rolls up beside them and a man, claiming to be a cop, steps out.
- With perfect timing, friendly Mick Taylor rolls up in his truck to save the day - except that the three young tourists are about to be led on a horrific journey into outback Australia's wildest heart of darkness.
roll something up
- Military Drive the flank of an enemy line back and around so that the line is shortened or surrounded.Example sentences
- We had arrived in a great position to roll them up from the flank.
- Unable to roll the line up, Rommel needed to break through it to get supplies to his armour, fighting hard to its east.
- The most dangerous situation is to be drawn deep in among buildings where the enemy can ambush the attack and roll it up.
- Example sentences
- Spy cameras small enough to peep out a button hole, long enough to extend through a wall between two hotel rooms and rollable to move over documents will be displayed.
- Postings described such things as a Web-based system for taking opinion polls; a laboratory bench that prints documents; and a heated, rollable pad for covering a sidewalk before a snowstorm.
- The company will demonstrate rollable displays for use in the mobile devices at the conference, which opens tomorrow.
Roll goes back ultimately to Latin rotula ‘little wheel’ and is related to an actor's part or role in a play or film, which entered English from French roule ‘roll’, referring to the roll of paper on which the part would originally have been written. Enrol (Late Middle English) originally referred to the names being written on the roll. If you roll with the punches (mid 20th century) you adapt yourself to difficult circumstances. The image here is of a boxer moving their body away from an opponent's blows so as to lessen the impact. A rolling stone is someone who does not settle in one place for long. The expression comes from the proverb which has been around in various languages from at least the 15th century, that a rolling stone gathers no moss. The Rolling Stones took their name not directly from the proverb but from a song by the US blues musician Muddy Waters.
Words that rhyme with rollbarcarole, bole, bowl, cajole, coal, Cole, condole, console, control, dhole, dole, droll, enrol (US enroll), extol, foal, goal, hole, Joel, knoll, kohl, mol, mole, Nicole, parol, parole, patrol, pole, poll, prole, rôle, scroll, Seoul, shoal, skoal, sole, soul, stole, stroll, thole, Tirol, toad-in-the-hole, toll, troll, vole, whole
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.