- to rob (a sleeping or drunk victim), especially by going through the person’s pockets to find money: Bar staff had been rolling the tourists before sending them back to their hotels in taxis, and their victims never remembered a thing when they woke up.
- to mug by beating the victim unconscious and then stealing from that person: When we ran out of money, we rolled our dealer and took his stash.
- to beat up: New gang members were rolled as part of their initiation.
- a small cake of bread, originally and still often rolled or doubled on itself before baking: a dinner roll with butter.
- thin cake spread with jelly or the like and rolled up: cinnamon rolls.
- meat rolled up and cooked: cabbage rolls with ground beef and rice.
- a kind of sushi, shaped into a cone, or into a cylinder that is sliced into bite-size pieces: We ordered some sashimi and a few rolls.
- a single, complete rotation of an airplane about the axis of the fuselage with little loss of altitude or change of direction.
- (of an aircraft or rocket) the act of rolling.
- the angular displacement caused by rolling.
- paper currency carried folded or rolled up: He took out an impressive roll and paid the check with a $100 bill.
- bankroll; funds: People were encouraged to shoot their rolls on mining speculation.
- a single cast of or turn at casting the dice.
- the total number of pips or points made by a single cast; score or point.
- to reduce (the price of a commodity, wages, etc.) to a former level, usually in response to government action.
- to restore to a previous state: The help desk suggested rolling back my computer’s operating system to eliminate the update that was causing the crashes.The laissez-faire policy would roll back some environmental regulations.
- to cause (an enemy) to retreat or withdraw.
- to luxuriate in; abound in: rolling in money.
- to go to bed; retire: They would roll in later and later every night.
- to mix and average the cost of (a higher-priced commodity or item) with that of a cheaper one so as to increase the retail price.
- to add: Labor wants to roll in periodic increases with their wage demands.
- to arrive, especially in large numbers or quantity: When do my dividends start rolling in?
- to spread out or flatten: to roll out dough.
- Informal. to arise from bed; get up: It was nearly impossible to roll out on the first day back after vacation.
- Football. to execute a rollout.
- Informal. to introduce; unveil: a TV advertising campaign to roll out the new car.
- Business. to reinvest funds, especially a tax-free transfer of assets from one retirement plan to another.
- to overturn: The truck rolled over, and the driver hung by her seatbelt.
- to turn over: I rolled over in my sleep and nearly fell out of bed.
- to accumulate; collect: to roll up a large vote.
- to increase.
- to arrive in a conveyance: He rolled up to the front door in a chauffeur-driven limousine.
Idioms about roll
- (in a gambling game) having a continuing winning streak.
- enjoying continuing good luck or success: She's been on a roll since taking that course on sales techniques.
Origin of roll
synonym study for roll
OTHER WORDS FROM rollroll·a·ble, adjectivere·roll, verbun·roll·a·ble, adjectivewell-rolled, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rollrole, roll
How to use roll in a sentence
I really would love to continue to redefine how our culture, how Americans and the world translate what rock ’n’ roll is and its impact on our lives.
While that wasn’t the most efficient of Paul’s pick-and-roll pairings over the years, it was still quite good — and far more efficient than Ayton pick and rolls have been during his first two NBA seasons.Chris Paul Helped Blake Griffin Shine. Can He Do The Same For Deandre Ayton?|Jared Dubin|November 18, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Some dishes—like yeasted dinner rolls and pies with delicate crusts—are just not going to cook as well on a grill or fire.
Cut the roll into bite-size pieces, around three-fourths of an inch wide, and set them aside on a lightly floured baking pan.Ease into Winter with Backcountry-Approved Comfort Food|Christina Bernstein|November 12, 2020|Outside Online
If you have problems with people on the voter rolls, other issues, you need to address those problems prospectively instead of reactively.
And more than anything, I wanted a souvenir for my father, so I rolled him back, and he had gold teeth.
I rolled him over to see where it came out, and there was no big hole in the back.
My ball bounced back and the rock rolled just a little bit forward.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The younger man rolled down his window to receive the approaching Williams “to see what he wanted.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hundreds of cops saluting as the bodies were rolled out with a full escort by highway patrol.
Tobacco at this period was also rolled up in the leaves of the Palm and smoked.
I cried, and shrank involuntarily, for his eyeballs rolled till only the whites showed in a way that made me shudder.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
And now I can recall that his eyes closed, and from his lips I caught a sigh, and then he rolled to the floor.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Here Badorful rolled over upon his side, and was instantly fast asleep.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Cabs containing couples rolled by, disappeared towards north and south, disappeared into the darkness.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for roll
- to expel from membership
- to debar (a solicitor) from practising, usually because of dishonesty
Word Origin for roll
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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
- easy as pie (rolling off a log)
- get rolling
- get the ball rolling
- heads will roll
- on a roll
- red carpet