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roll top

a flexible, sliding cover for the working area of a desk, opening by rising upward and back in quadrantal grooves and rolling up beneath the top.
Also called roll-top desk, rolltop desk. a desk with such a cover.
Origin of roll top
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A roll-top desk in the corner and three chairs were the furniture.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • With his back to Carl, the dean was writing at a roll-top desk.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • A man was seated in a swivel chair before the roll-top desk.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • Over the roll-top desk was the only electric light that was switched on.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • In the centre of it, M. Dambreuse was writing at a roll-top desk.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • There were a table and a chair or two, and in a corner an American roll-top desk.

    Hard Pressed Fred M. White
  • There was a roll-top desk in the room, and a map, yellow with age, hanging on the wall.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • He was sitting at his roll-top desk, with his feet thrust into the unimaginable litter of papers that covered it.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • Next he noticed a bewhiskered, youthful-looking man, sitting at a roll-top desk, who regarded him curiously.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • The roll-top desk, the chairs, and even the lamp-shades, would have been to him familiar friends.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
British Dictionary definitions for roll-top desk

roll-top desk

a desk having a slatted wooden panel that can be pulled down over the writing surface when not in use Also called roll-top
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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