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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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  • There are always a number of chairs in the room and a roll top desk for the secretary.

    The Centralia Conspiracy Ralph Chaplin
  • He slid back the roll top, and ran a rapid eye over the neatly filed papers.

  • He slammed down the roll top on his desk and picked up his hat.

    Danger at the Drawbridge Mildred A. Wirt
  • Almost instinctively he pulled down the roll top of the desk before which he was seated.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Instead of cutting a groove for the roll top curtain, one is made by fastening a 1/2-by 3/4-in.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • And then I hurried out of the room without locking the drawerwithout pulling down the roll top of the desk, indeed.

  • In the south east corner of the room stood Fern Fenwick's desk, a large one with a roll top.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
  • She pushed back the roll top of her Empire desk and looked up at the young fellow.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre

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