Nearby words

  1. rolf,
  2. rolf kraki,
  3. rolfe,
  4. rolfe, john,
  5. rolfing,
  6. roll around,
  7. roll back,
  8. roll bag,
  9. roll bar,
  10. roll book

Idioms

Origin of roll

1175–1225; (noun) (in senses referring to rolled or round objects) Middle English: scroll, inscribed scroll, register, cylindrical object < Old French ro(u)lle < Latin rotulus, rotula small wheel, diminutive of rota wheel (see rotate1, -ule); (in senses referring to motion) derivative of the v.; (v.) Middle English rollen < Old French rol(l)er < Vulgar Latin *rotulare, derivative of Latin rotulus, rotula

SYNONYMS FOR roll
1. revolve, rotate. 3. wave, undulate. 4. undulate. 12. swing, tilt. 40. See list1. 47. spindle.

Related formsroll·a·ble, adjectivere·roll, verbun·roll·a·ble, adjectivewell-rolled, adjective

Can be confusedrole roll

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British Dictionary definitions for roll back

roll

/ (rəʊl) /

verb

noun


Word Origin for roll

C14 rollen, from Old French roler, from Latin rotulus a little wheel, from rota a wheel

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Word Origin and History for roll back
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Idioms and Phrases with roll back

roll back

Decrease, cut back, or reduce, especially prices, as in Unless they roll back oil prices, this summer's tourist traffic will be half of last year's. [c. 1940]

roll

In addition to the idioms beginning with roll

  • roll around
  • roll back
  • roll in
  • rolling stone
  • roll in the aisles
  • roll in the hay
  • roll out
  • roll over
  • roll the bones
  • roll up
  • roll up one's sleeves
  • roll with the punches

also see:

  • easy as pie (rolling off a log)
  • get rolling
  • get the ball rolling
  • heads will roll
  • on a roll
  • red carpet
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