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.
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Origin of roll top
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for roll-top desk
a desk having a slatted wooden panel that can be pulled down over the writing surface when not in useAlso called: roll-top
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