From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrollroll1 /rəʊl $ roʊl/ ●●● S1 W2 verb 🔊 🔊 1 round object [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]TURN if something rolls, especially something round, or if you roll it, it moves along a surface by turning over and overroll down/into/through etc 🔊 The ball rolled into the street. 🔊 One of the eggs rolled off the counter.roll something along/in/onto etc something 🔊 Roll the chicken breasts in flour.2 person/animal [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition] (also roll over)TURN to turn your body over one or more times while lying down, or to turn someone else’s body overroll down/onto/off etc 🔊 The children rolled down the hill, laughing. 🔊 Ralph rolled onto his stomach.roll somebody onto/off something 🔊 I tried to roll him onto his side.3 shape of tube/ball [transitive] (also roll up)TURN to make something into the shape of a tube or ballroll something into a ball/tube 🔊 Roll the dough into small balls. 🔊 Would you like the paper rolled or folded?4 make something flat [transitive]FLAT to make something flat by rolling something heavy over it → rolling pin 🔊 Pizza dough should be rolled thinly.5 clothes [transitive] (also roll up) to fold the sleeves or legs of something that you are wearing upwards, so that they are shorter 🔊 His sleeves were rolled above his elbows.6 something with wheels [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]MOVE/CHANGE POSITIONPUSH to move on wheels, or make something that has wheels moveroll into/forwards/past etc 🔊 Her car was slowly rolling away from the curb.roll something to/around etc something 🔊 The waitress rolled the dessert trolley over to our table.► see thesaurus at push7 drop of liquid [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]LIQUIDMOVE/CHANGE POSITION to move over a surface smoothly without stoppingroll down/onto etc 🔊 Tears rolled down her cheeks.8 waves/clouds [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]DN to move continuously in a particular directionroll into/towards etc 🔊 Mist rolled in from the sea. 🔊 We watched the waves rolling onto the beach.9 game [intransitive, transitive]DG if you roll dice, you throw them as part of a game10 sound [intransitive]CSOUND if drums or thunder roll, they make a long low series of sounds 🔊 Thunder rolled in the distance.11 machine/camera [intransitive]ON/SWITCHED ON if a machine such as a film camera or a printing press rolls, it operates 🔊 There was silence as the cameras started to roll.12 ship/plane [intransitive]TTWTTA if a ship or plane rolls, it leans one way and then another with the movement of the water or air13 cigarette [transitive]DFT to make your own cigarette, using tobacco or marijuana and special paper → roll-up 🔊 Ben rolled a joint (=a cigarette containing marijuana) and lit it. 🔊 It’s cheaper to roll your own (=make your own cigarettes).14 shoulders [transitive] to move your shoulders forward, up, and back down 🔊 He rolled his shoulders back.15 eyes [transitive]HBH to move your eyes around and up, especially in order to show that you are annoyed or think something is silly 🔊 Lucy rolled her eyes as Tom sat down beside her.16 attack [transitive] American English informalSCC to rob someone, especially when they are drunk and asleep 🔊 Kids on the streets rolled drunks for small change.17 → (all) rolled into one18 → get (something) rolling19 → be rolling in money/dough/cash/it20 → be rolling in the aisles21 → be ready to roll22 → let’s roll23 → roll with the punches24 → roll on something25 → roll your r’s26 → a rolling stone gathers no moss27 → that's how I roll/it's how I roll → set/start/keep the ball rolling at ball1(6), → heads will roll at head1(37), → let the good times roll at let1(21) → roll around → roll something ↔ back → roll something ↔ down → roll in → roll out → roll (somebody) over → roll up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusroll• Quiet! The cameras are rolling!• It pitched a yard short, bit viciously and rolled back down the green shelf at the front of the green.• The years may have rolled by, but the relationship between skis and soft snow has not changed.• Punks on the streets would roll drunks for small change.• But when electrical storms roll in, nothing is normal.• The burr of reform still rolled in the Garnock Valley.• One of the eggs rolled off the edge of the counter.• Ralph rolled onto his stomach.• I'm trying to teach my dog to roll over.• People were looking as they rolled past, observing my little moment of theater.• Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 12-inch square.• We had so much fun rolling stones down into the river.• Roll the tortilla around the chicken and serve with salsa.• Our driver rolled up his window and backed away, lightly tapping the front bumper of the car behind.• She rolled up the poster and put it in a cardboard tube.• Still half concussed, Delaney rolled upright and staggered.roll down/into/through etc• Tears were rolling down my cheeks.• For many, this outsized jamboree became both a new Pentecost and a New Jerusalem rolled into one.• Sunday, when clouds rolled into the Bay Area, I naturally resented the hell out of them.• Cars and vans rolled through the crowd, in the wake of the jeeps.• An hour later Ellie rolled down the drive, bringing the kids back from school.• It advances as a fast loser, but rolls into the pits listing hard to port, like a ship going down.• I stripped off his underpants, rolled down the window and held him in the air.roll down/onto/off etc• Soon it would roll down his nose, and then what?• The sun was gone, but with the window rolled down I could feel the warm wind.• His windows were rolled down, so there was nothing to obstruct my direct view of this scene.• Then, as the years rolled by, more bikes rolled off the edge or into the mountainside.• More than 600 Warriors are already in service and by 1994 a total of 1,053 are due to roll off the production lines.• Most have spent all their sentient life as paid-up devotees, and the glib phrases soon roll off the tongue.• She rolled on to her side to let him pull down the zip of her dress.roll something into a ball/tube• A hedgehog tries to climb up the net and when it hears you approach it promptly rolls up into a ball.• He picked lint from his pants, rolled it into a ball, and flicked it across the room.• He rolled it into a ball, put it into his mouth, chewed.roll into/forwards/past etc• Her hair was rolled into a passable pageboy and sometimes tied with a black ribbon.• People were looking as they rolled past, observing my little moment of theater.• Roll up the waistband like a belt and the pleats will roll into one another.• Just as his concessions were being broadcast, loyal contingents rolled into Saigon.• Sunday, when clouds rolled into the Bay Area, I naturally resented the hell out of them.• In a second the ball of flame had fallen and rolled into the dust, quivering as the flames consumed it.• It advances as a fast loser, but rolls into the pits listing hard to port, like a ship going down.• They didn't roll into the sky and sneer at the clouds like the plane did.roll down/onto etc• Donna rolled on to her back, her eyes half-closed, her limbs numb.• It will be the one flying into Jacksonville with the windows rolled down.• When it rolled over we believe it rolled on to her.• She was wearing a loose print dress and stockings that were rolled down below the knee.• They rolled down on to the rug.• It rolls down the stairs to the floor below.• Mickey had a ramp with pea sized objects rolling down to be dealt a mighty blow from a spring loaded mallet.roll into/towards etc• This flawless, cork screwed white-knuckle ride should roll and roll into 1993 and your back yard.• Cut roll into 20 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.• Her hair was rolled into a passable pageboy and sometimes tied with a black ribbon.• Lovable Manuel is quite the tyrant, a mini Papi and Mami rolled into one.• Sunday, when clouds rolled into the Bay Area, I naturally resented the hell out of them.• In a second the ball of flame had fallen and rolled into the dust, quivering as the flames consumed it.• It advances as a fast loser, but rolls into the pits listing hard to port, like a ship going down.• Colour a little more fondant or marzipan yellow and roll into two tapering sausages.roll ... own• I roll off my own bank, and try to follow him with the pipper.• Macready had rolled on to his own blade.• George rolled his own car next to Robbie without saying anything.• Edwin rolled his own cigarettes, my husband was a pipe man.• One would never roll one's own, even if one did smoke.