Bill roached it up with a turn of the forefinger, 148 using the back of it, which was rough, like a corn-cob.
It was one of them blue roans, with a long tail, and a roached mane.
His hair was always, I would call it—in mine and your day—roached.
roached back and parted nearer the middle, the wound would be obscured.
If he gets it roached up on both sides that will make me look like a horizontal-bar performer, which is his idea of manly beauty.
If roached in back, poor eyes, weak in hind quarters or off in tail, say so.
shortened form of cockroach, 1837, on mistaken notion that it was a compound. In contemporary writing said to be from a polite desire to avoid the sexual connotation in the first syllable. Meaning "butt of a marijuana cigarette" is first recorded 1938, perhaps from resemblance to the insect, but perhaps a different word entirely.
small freshwater fish, c.1200, from Old French roche (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Applied to similar-looking fish in North America.
[narcotics sense perhaps fr earlier roach mane, a horse's mane clipped very short and tied; perhaps fr the insect]