- 1Move or cause to move in a particular direction by turning over and over on an axis: [no object]: the car rolled down into a ditch [with object]: she rolled the ball across the floorMore example sentences
turn round and round, go round and round, turn over and over, spin, rotate
- 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.
- 1.1Turn or cause to turn over to face a different direction: [no object]: she rolled onto her side [with object]: they rolled him over onto his backMore example sentences
- I rolled off to the left, he to the right, so we ended up on our sides, facing each other.
- Roll the casualty onto one side, keeping the legs straight.
- Quickly I rolled her over to keep her from choking.
- 1.2 [with object] Turn (one’s eyes) upward, typically to show surprise or disapproval: Sarah rolled her eyesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 [no object] (Of a person or animal) lie down and turn over and over while remaining in the same place: the buffalo rolled in the dustMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4 [no object] (Of a moving ship, aircraft, or vehicle) rock or oscillate around an axis parallel to the direction of motion: the ship pitched and rolled
- 1.5 [no object] Move along or from side to side unsteadily or uncontrollably: they were rolling about with laughter
- 1.6 [with object] North American • informal Overturn (a vehicle): he rolled his Mercedes in a 100 mph crashMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.7 [with object] Throw (a die or dice).More example sentences
- As they roll the dice, a window in the middle of the game delivers decidedly sinister messages.
- Before Leah could roll the dice an ominous knock was heard at the door.
- As he put it, he had rolled his dice and he had lost.
- 1.8 [with object] Obtain (a particular score) by doing this: roll a 2, 3, or 12More example sentences
- 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?
- 2 [no object] (Of a vehicle) move or run on wheels: the van was rolling along the highwayMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [with object] Move or push (a wheeled object): Pat rolled the cart back and forthMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 (roll something up/down) Make a car window or a window blind move up or down.More example sentences
- He rolls the window down and puts on his seat belt.
- As the police officer walked toward her, she rolled her window down and smiled politely.
- He rolled the windows down and turned the radio up.
- 2.3(Of time) elapse steadily: the years rolled byMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.4(Of a drop of liquid) flow: huge tears rolled down her cheeks
- 2.5 (roll off) (Of a product) issue from (an assembly line or machine): the first copies of the newspaper rolled off the pressesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.6(Of waves, smoke, cloud, or fog) move or flow forward with an undulating motion: the fog rolled across the fields
- 2.8(Of credits for a movie or television program) be displayed as if moving on a roller up the screen.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.9(With reference to a machine, device, or system) operate or begin operating: [no object]: the cameras started to roll [with object]: roll the cameraMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.10 [no object] • informal Start moving; take action: the coast’s clear—let’s rollMore example sentences
- The moment Ed Lake heard the words, he thought: All right. Let's roll!
- Once you have plugged in your equipment, connected the unit to the power source, you're ready to roll!
- You've never seen children so anxious to get rolling.
- 2.11 [no object] • informal Behave in a particular way: that’s just how I roll, guys—I’ll smile until I physically can’tMore example sentences
- I'm going to write a blog post about it that'll live online forever, but that's just the way I roll.
- One thing I won't apologize for is how geeky this episode is because that's how we roll here.
- I told her I don't make financial decisions without consulting my husband: that's not how we roll.
- 3 [with object] Turn (something flexible) over and over on itself to form a cylinder, tube, or ball: she started to roll up her sleeping bagMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3.1Make by forming material into a cylinder or ball: [with two objects]: Harry rolled himself a jointMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3.2 [no object] (Of a person or animal) curl up tightly: the shock made the armadillo roll into a ballMore example sentences
- 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.
- 4 [with object] Flatten or spread (something) by using a roller or by passing it between rollers: roll out the dough on a floured surface roll on a decorative paint finishMore example sentences
flatten (out), level (out); even out
- 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.
- 5 [no object] (Of a loud, deep sound such as that of thunder or drums) reverberate: the first peals of thunder rolled across the skyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 5.1 [with object] Pronounce (a consonant, typically an r) with a trill: when he wanted to emphasize a point he rolled his rrrsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 5.2 [with object] Utter (a word or words) with a reverberating or vibratory effect: he rolled the word around his mouthMore example sentences
- 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.
- 5.3(Of words) flow effortlessly or mellifluously: the names of his colleagues rolled off his lipsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 6 [with object] • informal Rob (someone, typically when they are intoxicated or asleep): if you don’t get drunk, you don’t get rolledMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1A cylinder formed by winding flexible material around a tube or by turning it over and over on itself without folding: a roll of carpetMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A cylindrical mass of something or a number of items arranged in a cylindrical shape: a roll of mintsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [with modifier] An item of food that is made by wrapping a flat sheet of pastry, cake, meat, or fish around a sweet or savory filling: salmon and rice rollsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3North American & Australian Money, typically a quantity of banknotes rolled together.
- 1.4A roller for flattening something, especially one used to shape metal in a rolling mill.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2A movement in which someone or something turns or is turned over on itself: a roll of the dice the ponies completed two rolls before getting back on their feetMore example sentences
throw, toss, turn, spin
- 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.
- 2.1A gymnastic exercise in which the body is rolled into a tucked position and turned in a forward or backward circle: a forward rollMore example sentences
- She hurt herself so badly on a simple forward roll that she wound up in the hospital.
- We attempted cart-wheels, hand stands and forward rolls.
- She performed a backward roll.
- 2.2A swaying or oscillation of a ship, aircraft, or vehicle around an axis parallel to the direction of motion: the car corners capably with a minimum of rollMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.3Undulation of the landscape: hidden by the roll of the land was a refineryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3A prolonged, deep, reverberating sound, typically made by thunder or a drum: thunder exploded, roll after roll
- 3.1 Music One of the basic patterns (rudiments) of drumming, consisting of a sustained, rapid alternation of single or double strokes of each stick.More example sentences
- 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!
- 4A very small loaf of bread, typically eaten with butter or a filling: a sausage rollMore example sentences
- 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.
- 5An official list or register of names.More example sentences
- 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.
- 5.1The total numbers on an official list of names: a review of secondary schools to assess the effects of falling rollsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 5.2A document, typically an official record, in scroll form.More example sentences
- 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.More 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.More 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.More 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.More 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.More 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.More 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.More 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.
- Adapt oneself to adverse circumstances.More example sentences
- Arguably, Ireland has rolled with the punches and adapted to necessary change.
- But they are experts and know what to do to roll with the punches.
- He kind of just rolls with the punches and sees things for what they are.
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.
- Arrive 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.More 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.
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- 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.
Middle English: from Old French rolle (noun), roller (verb), from Latin rotulus 'a roll', variant of rotula 'little wheel', diminutive of rota.