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

12 swing, tilt.
40 See list1.
47 spindle.

Related forms

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

Can be confused

role roll
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British Dictionary definitions for roll over (1 of 2)

roll over


verb (adverb)

(intr) to overturn
slang to surrender
(tr) to allow (a loan, prize, etc) to continue in force for a further period

noun rollover

  1. an instance of such continuance of a loan, prize, etc
  2. (as modifier)a rollover jackpot

British Dictionary definitions for roll over (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with roll over (1 of 2)

roll over


Reinvest profits from one investment back into that investment or into another, as in Our broker advised us to roll over the proceeds into a tax shelter. [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with roll over (2 of 2)

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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