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[bangk-rohl] /ˈbæŋkˌroʊl/
money in one's possession; monetary resources.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to finance; provide funds for:
to bankroll a new play.
Origin of bankroll
First recorded in 1885-90; bank2 + roll
Related forms
bankroller, noun Unabridged
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  • Also, the bankroll they brings her sends her back to her folks in style.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • He wouldn't be able to remake that bankroll every time if he wasn't.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
  • I want you to use them as a bankroll when you go to the Casino tonight.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Pretty lucky for me they didn't know I had my bankroll with me last night!

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • Of course them doctor sharps raise the long yell about it bein difficult, aimin tharby to bluff you out o your bankroll.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The man behind the bankroll is the basis, in one form or another, of all the chorus-girl conversations.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • It would take a long time to make the old skinflint part with his bankroll.

    Gypsies of the Air Bess Moyer
British Dictionary definitions for bankroll


a roll of currency notes
the financial resources of a person, organization, etc
(transitive) (slang) to provide the capital for; finance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bankroll

"roll of bank notes," 1887, from bank (n.1) + roll (n.). The verb is attested from 1928. Related: Bankrolled; bankrolling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bankroll



To finance; put up the money for, esp for a theatrical production; angel: Whoever bankrolled this turkey will go broke (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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