|Origin:||roller, from Vulgar Latin rotulare, from Latin rotula; ROLL2|
if something rolls, especially something round, or if you roll it, it moves along a surface by turning over and over
round object[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
roll 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.
to turn your body over one or more times while lying down, or to turn someone else's body over
person/animalalso roll over [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
roll 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.
to make something into the shape of a tube or ball
shape of tube/ballalso roll up [transitive]
roll something into a ball/tube
Roll the dough into small balls.
Would you like the paper rolled or folded?
to make something flat by rolling something heavy over it [↪ rolling pin]:
make something flat[transitive]
Pizza dough should be rolled thinly.
to fold the sleeves or legs of something that you are wearing upwards, so that they are shorter:
clothes[transitive] also roll up
His sleeves were rolled above his elbows.
to move on wheels, or make something that has wheels move
something with wheels[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
roll 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.
to move over a surface smoothly without stopping
drop of liquid[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
roll down/onto etc
Tears rolled down her cheeks.
to move continuously in a particular direction
waves/clouds[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]DN
roll into/towards etc
Mist rolled in from the sea.
We watched the waves rolling onto the beach.
if you roll dice, you throw them as part of a game
game[intransitive and transitive]DG
if drums or thunder roll, they make a long low series of sounds:
Thunder rolled in the distance.
if a machine such as a film camera or a printing press rolls, it operates:
There was silence as the cameras started to roll.
if a ship or plane rolls, it leans one way and then another with the movement of the water or air
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).
to move your shoulders forward, up, and back down:
He rolled his shoulders back.
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.
to rob someone, especially when they are drunk and asleep:
attack[transitive] American English informalSCC
Kids on the streets rolled drunks for small change.
if someone or something is several different things rolled into one, they include or do the work of all those things:
Mum was cook, chauffeur, nurse, and entertainer all rolled into one.
to start happening or make something start happening in a smooth and successful way:
The business didn't really get rolling until 1975.
Have a good breakfast to get your day rolling.
to have or earn a lot of money:
'He's rolling in it,' said the girl, pointing at Lewis.
if people in a theatre, cinema etc are rolling in the aisles, they are laughing a lot
to be ready to start doing something:
The car was packed and we were ready to roll.
used to suggest to a group of people that you all begin doing something or go somewhere
to deal with problems or difficulties by doing whatever you need to do, rather than by trying only one method:
Strong industries were able to roll with the punches during the recession.
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used to say that you wish a time or event would come quickly:
Roll on the weekend!
to pronounce the sound /r/ using your tongue in a way that makes the sound very long
used to say that someone who often changes jobs, moves to different places etc is not able to have any permanent relationships or duties
➔ set/start/keep the ball rollingat ball1 (5)
➔ heads will rollat head1 (36)
➔ let the good times rollat let1 (20)
roll aroundphrasal verb
By the time Wednesday rolled around, I still hadn't finished.
roll something ↔ backphrasal verb
to reduce the influence or power of a law, system, government etc:
a threat to roll back the legislation of the past 12 years
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to reduce a price, cost etc: ➔ rollback
the administration's promise to roll back taxes
to force your opponents in a war to move back from their position
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to make someone remember something from the past:
Looking at those old photos really rolled back the years.
roll something ↔ downphrasal verb
to open a car window
to unfold the ends of your sleeves or trouser legs so that they are their usual length:
He rolled down his sleeves and buttoned the cuffs.
roll inphrasal verb
to happen or arrive in large numbers or quantities:
As the result of our appeal, the money came rolling in.
to arrive, especially later than usual or expected:
Chris finally rolled in at about 4:00 am.
if mist, clouds etc roll in, they begin to cover an area of the sky or land:
Fog rolled in from the sea.
roll outphrasal verb
to make food that you are preparing flat and thin by pushing a rolling pin over it:
Roll out the dough on a floured surface.
to make a new product available for people to buy or use [= launch]: ➔ roll-out
The company expects to roll out the new software in September.
to leave a place, especially later than expected
roll out of
We used to hear people rolling out of the pubs at closing time.
He finally rolled out of bed at noon.
to put something flat on the ground or a surface, when it was previously rolled into a tube shape:
roll sth↔ out
We rolled out our sleeping bags under the stars.
to make special preparations for an important visitor
roll (somebody) overphrasal verb
Ben rolled over and kissed her.
roll (somebody) over onto
The guards rolled him over onto his front.
roll upphrasal verb
to make something into the shape of a tube or ball, or to become this shape
roll something ↔ up
Painters arrived and rolled up the carpet.
roll up into
Many animals roll up into a ball for warmth.
to turn the ends of your sleeves or trouser legs over several times so that they are shorter
to start doing a job even though it is difficult or you do not want to do it:
It's time to roll up our sleeves and get some work done on the basics.
to close the window of a car
to arrive somewhere, especially late or when you were not expected:
Max rolled up just after 9 o'clock.
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used to call people to come and watch or buy things at a circus or fair