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  1. an act or instance of rolling back.
  2. a return to a lower level of prices, wages, etc., as by government order.
  3. a pulling back or withdrawal: a rollback of attack forces.

Origin of rollback

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase roll back Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of rollback

  • They were buying, they thought, visibly low taxes and the rollback of environmental protection and safeguards against speculation.

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    Election 2012: Myths, Lies, and Losers

    Robert Shrum

    November 7, 2012

  • The rollback of civil unions and domestic partnerships in North Carolina is a particular legal red flag to Olson.

  • In addition to pushing ahead with new regulation, Jackson finds herself defending existing rules from rollback attempts.

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    Obama's Big Green Gun

    Michelle Cottle

    November 2, 2011

  • All are imposing rigorous budget cuts—in Greece, the rollback of benefits has been provoking riots.

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    We’re Doomed!

    Charles R. Morris

    August 11, 2011

  • Vote to stop abortion, receive a rollback in capital gains taxes.

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    The Latest Abortion Outrage

    Michelle Goldberg

    March 2, 2011

Word Origin and History for rollback

also roll-back, "action of rolling backward," 1937; "reduction," 1942, American English, from verbal phrase, from roll (v.) + back (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper