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blanket roll

  1. a blanket or sleeping bag rolled into a cylindrical pack for easy carrying and outdoor use by hikers, soldiers, cowboys, etc., often with cooking utensils, food, and personal articles carried inside.
  2. a method of cheating at craps whereby the dice are thrown on a blanket, rug, or other soft surface so that they roll only in a forward direction, making it impossible for the four side numbers to appear face up.
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Origin of blanket roll

First recorded in 1890–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for blanket roll

Historical Examples

  • Cumnor walked to his blanket-roll, where his saddle was slung under the shed.

    Red Men and White

    Owen Wister

  • The professor swung it carelessly over his shoulder like a blanket-roll.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • "Put my blanket-roll under my head, Nell, me son," he said gently.

    Wounds in the rain

    Stephen Crane

  • His ungainly pack and blanket-roll he carried on his shoulder like a cross.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • "Very likely," said Shorty, helping Pete Skidmore on with his blanket-roll.