1. to have sexual intercourse [orig. meaning work, it was extended in blues songs to mean intercourse, i.e. the physical effort involved].
|‘In the Days When We Went Rogering’ in Nancy Dawson’s Cabinet of Songs 30: Ve roll’d ’em in the haycocks then, / Or in the grass so green.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 70: We rolled and we toppled ’til I got my heart’s desire.|
|‘Hungry Calf Blues’ [lyrics] Said I roll jelly in the mornin’ / And I also roll at night.|
|(con. 1940s) Sowers of the Wind 37: They needn’t run away from a man — I’d as soon roll my own grandmother as one of them.|
|‘Shake Your Moneymaker’ [lyrics] She won’t shake her moneymaker, won’t shake her moneymaker, She wanna roll her activator.|
|(con. 1900s) Pops Foster 20: We thought it meant you could go down there, pick out a chick, and roll around with her.|
|‘Rock Me’ [lyrics] Want you to roll me, like I roll a waggon wheel / You know I want you to roll me over, you know how good that makes me feel.|
2. in drug uses.
(a) (drugs, also roll up) to roll a marijuana cigarette.
|Saddle and Mocassin 153: Squito would nestle down on a log by the hearth [...] gaze dreamily into the fire, rolling herself little Mexican cigarettes, in bits of maize leaf, from time to time.|
|(con. 1950s) Man Walking On Eggshells 196: Raymond rolled up some joints.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 98: I had bought some pot with the five left over and rolled some good-size bombers that immediately put me in business.|
|Underground Dict. (1972) 162: roll up [...] Make a marijuana cigarette.|
|‘A Pimp Toast’ in(1972) 289: Come on, baby, let’s go for a stroll [...] You ain’t got no weed, I got some to roll.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 252: roll Roll a marijuana cigarette.|
|in Living Dangerously 94: I learnt to roll [...] when I was about thirteen.|
|Sheepshagger 112: Who’s rolling up? Marc an Fran, do one each an give em to each other.|
|Turning (2005) 14: Meg rolls another spliff.‘Big World’ in|
|‘Live Corn’ [lyrics] M rolled up and he’s buzzing.|
(b) to take MDMA; thus roll face, to exhibit the signs of having taken MDMA.
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] roll v [...] 2. to use Ecstasy. (‘That girl was rolling all night long.’).|
|Campus Sl. Fall 9: ROLL [...] Use the illegal substance ecstasy.|
|What Fire Cannot Burn 97: A couple of white kids, rolling on E.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014.(ed.)|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 8: ROLL/ROLL FACE — get high on some form of the drug ecstacy: ‘Look how big Zach’s pupils are—he’s got to be rolling’; ‘I can tell she’s rolling face’.(ed.)|
(c) of a vein, to move away from the syringe when one is attempting to inject oneself with narcotics.
|Candy 198: I was getting tiny veins and they would roll.|
3. to assault [one rolls the victim over].
(a) to rob, usu. a drunk or any helpless person; thus roll a stiff v.; lush roll under lush n.1
|A Webfoot Volunteer (1965) 213: They get some fellows drunk and entice them to the outskirts of the town and then ‘roll him’ for all he has.diary 18 July in|
|A la Calif. 298: When one of these fellows makes a raise by ‘rolling a drunk’ (i.e. taking the valuables from the pockets of a drunken man on the sidewalk).|
|Pacific Metropolis 12 June 6/3: [At] Mission, between Third and First, [...] where the hoodlum ‘rolls’ fallen drunks [DA].|
|S.F. Call 5 Sept. 2/6: [heading] Rolling a Drunk.|
|Jack London Reports (1970) 311–21: ‘Rolling a stiff,’ as they call robbing a drunken man, is a mere pastime.‘The Road’ in|
|Road 170: Drunken men are the especial prey of the road-kids. Robbing a drunken man they call ‘rolling a stiff.’.|
|Snare of the Road 81: ‘Rolled a drunken mariner for the duds, Chow?’ I laughingly asked.|
|Haunch Paunch and Jowl 79: The gang listens intently to the wisdom learned in the reform school. How to ‘roll a lush’ (rob a drunken man).|
|Texas Stories (1995) 18: He was pretty wobbly, and when he seen the kid right away he wants to roll him, and pick up a rock as big as your head to do it with.‘So Help Me’ in|
|Swag, the Spy and the Soldier in Lehmann Penguin New Writing No. 26 32: Somebody rolled me. If I could only get my hands on that bastard!|
|Sun. Herald (Sydney) 8 June 9/2: Most of these are small-time criminals. When they are pulled in by the police, often enough it is because they have ‘lumbered’ or ‘rolled’ (robbed) a victim.in|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 165: Bloom’s got a queer lined up [...] he thinks he can roll a guy with quite a lot of dough.|
|Mad mag. Aug.–Sept. 5: Remember how I helped you roll drunks in ’Frisco.|
|Damned and Destroyed 37: I’ve been rolled [...] Some crud of a lightfinger cannoned me while I was on the nod!|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 55: See them muggers ganged around the door, they looking for a drunk to roll.|
|Sun. Times Mag. 30 Sept. 41: You roll a guy and you get £10.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 35: He’d been flashing his money round, and they rolled him.|
|Everybody Smokes in Hell 11: You can’t stay around here, man. Someone’s going to roll you.|
|in Jack of Jumps (2007) 202: Malik [...] was running the women, with Greenwood there to roll the punters.|
(b) to attack.
|Mr Dooley’s Philosophy 24: I’ll lave these la-ads roll each other as much as they plaze.|
|Big Town 180: If you don’t keep your clam shut I’ll roll you for a natural.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Roll (verb) [...] 4. To fight.|
|Source Oct. 156: These guys came to roll on us [...] They hooked up with a gang in the projects.|
(c) in fig. use of sense 1, to defraud.
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 16: Here I am being rolled for half a million bucks by some cunt and he thinks it’s hilarious.|
4. in senses of movement.
(a) (US) to walk.
|Ranch Verses 157: An’ up ole Cortlandt street I rolled, er-feelin’ kinder blue.‘A Stockman’s Adventures in New York’ in|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 285: The boy came out and in his rear — perhaps twenty feet behind — the skull-cracker rolled.‘The Big Knockover’|
|Flirt & Flapper 14: Flapper: I’ve been sitting here nights and nights after I roll home, and you’ve never spoken again.|
|Let Us Be Glum 11: You may roll round with Ribbentrop and all your comic crowd.|
|Do or Die (1992) 52: When somethin’ happen and an enemy roll by, you don’t think about dyin’.|
|Source Oct. 199: John Davis [...] rolled these streets with Malik, Jacob and Ali.|
(b) (US, also roll off) to start moving, lit. or fig., thus phr. let’s roll, let’s go, let’s leave.
|Psmith in the City (1993) 80: Comrade Waller [...] seems to find no difficulty in rolling to the office every morning.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 23 July 10/1: Let them roll home with a load on to a somersaulting bed; /Let them rise to face to-morrow, and to wish that they were dead.|
|Red Wind (1946) 78: The car went out into the sea of lights, rolled east a short way.‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 6: The first move of my little circle [...] is always to roll around and put the thing up to him.|
|Halo For Satan (1949) 78: Roll her, Mac. I unlocked the ignition.|
|(con. 1944) A Stone for Danny Fisher 284: The truck’s loaded and ready to roll.|
|Billy Bunter at Butlins 40: ‘Roll off, anyway,’ said Harry. Bunter did not roll off.|
|Riot (1967) 245: C’mon, let’s roll.|
|Jones Men 27: I’ll start to get it rollin’ as soon as you walk out that door.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 300: It wasn’t often that veteran homicide detectives rolled on an all-units call unless it was code three.|
|Native Tongue 143: Better roll.|
|Shame the Devil 95: A situation came up here that I have to take care of. After that I’m ready to roll.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] Call me back in an hour, we may roll today.|
|Crongton Knights 9: ‘You rest before you roll to work’.|
(c) (US) to drive a car.
|Black Mask Aug. III 24: Bud’ll be meeting me with a hired car [...] Bud and me roll easily downtown.|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 96: We rolled right through the heart of town to a garage in the wholesale district.|
|USA Confidential 246: Many colored cab-drivers carry their wives, daughters or lovers in the front seat. These will go into the back and turn a trick with the passenger, while the hack keeps rolling.|
|Slam the Big Door (1961) 178: Okay, you wrecker guys! Hook up and roll ’em!|
|Carlito’s Way 73: My white Lincoln what I was rolling around in at the time.|
|‘Ya Better Bring a Gun’ [lyrics] Now Compton is the city where the homeboys stay / Rollin in a different car everyday.|
|Mr Blue 287: As the bus rolled, I realized that the jail bureaucracy [...] saw me as someone eligible for the farm.|
|‘Front, Back and Side to Side’ [lyrics] Some fool roll Lincoln, some fools roll Jag / but the crew from Texas roll them Lacs.|
|Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 54: You had her [i.e. a daughter] when you was outside rolling.|
|The Force [ebook] Rolling up Lenox now, past the old Mount Morris park.|
(d) (US campus) to leave, to avoid a class.
|College Sl. Dict. [Internet] roll [Okl. State] to cut class.|
(e) (US) to leave home.
|Workin’ It 62: When I was fifteen and a half or sixteen, I rolled. You know, I got out of it.|
(f) in fig. use, to exist, to conduct one’s life.
|‘Int’l Player’s Anthem’ [lyrics] Baby you been rollin’ solo, time to get down with the team.|
(g) (US black) to perform, e.g. as a rapper.
|untitled track on College Dropout [album] [lyrics] I really wanted to roll hip-hop.|
5. in fig. uses [‘roll with the punches’].
(a) (US, also roll high) to prosper, to do well, to succeed.
|Breakfast at Tiffany’s 33: She had something working for her, she had them interested, she could’ve really rolled.|
|No Beast So Fierce 246: Jesus, it’s shitty . . . just when you were starting to roll.|
|Brown’s Requiem 202: Let the bummer roll!|
|Central Sl. 45: rollin’ high Living the big money life, having a fancy car, clothes, lots of money, women, etc.|
|Indep. Rev. 10 July 8: When I’d finished, everybody in the place applauded – and after that I’ve been rolling.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 147: The liquor stores rolled. Bottle hounds and out-the-door biz.|
(b) (US black) to survive, to live, to conduct oneself.
|‘Heartbeat’ [lyrics] Just rollin’ thick as hell, champagne I sip as well.|
|‘Some L.A. Shit’ [lyrics] We roll deep, smoke on weed drink and back heat / Requirements for survival each day -- in L.A.!|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 6: roll – do things with a distinctive style or attitude: We pick up girls at clubs. That’s how we roll!|
|‘Shut Up’ [lyrics] They roll deep, I roll squaddy / Got about 25 goons in my posse.|
|Guardian G2 8 Aug. [Internet] ‘The nail polish is,’ he coolly explains, ‘just how I roll’.|
6. in context of laughter [abbr. SE rolling in the aisles].
(a) to laugh hysterically.
|Campus Sl. Oct.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] roll v 1. to laugh very hard. (‘When he fell, I was rolling so hard my stomach hurt.’).|
|Source Aug. 68: This film had me rollin’.|
(b) to make someone laugh.
7. see roll in v. (1)
(US black) someone with whom one drives around.
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] roll-dog n 1. a good or best friend.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] roll dog Definition: one you can ride around with Example: He my roll dog...dat nigga always down to ride.|
(US Und.) a street robbery, a mugging.
|Jungle Kids (1967) 66: He began going through my pockets [...] ‘What is this, a roll job?’.‘. . . Or Leave It Alone’ in|
(US prison) a generically branded cigarette.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Roll Right: Cigarette, not named brand.|
(US teen) to drive an expensive car.
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] gettin ya’ roll on v. To drive an expensive vehicle.|
see lush roll under lush n.1
see under number n.
(US) to betray, to inform on.
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 7 [TV script] You roll back on the people who killed Willian Ganvoort, or you gonna eat the whole meal.‘One Arrest’|
(US black) to be very aggressive, fearless.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] roll hard Definition: 1. fear nothing 2. capable of getting very violent 3. [to be] a good fighter. Example: They kept tryin’ to start shit wit us, but little did they know, my girl rolls harder than most of my niggaz.|
see sense 5a above.
see separate entry.
see under ivory n.
see pass in one’s marbles under marbles n.4
see separate entry.
1. to arrive.
|Life in St George’s Fields 6: He rolled into the Coffee room.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 44: Just wait ’til I roll into L.A. an’ tell her how much fun I been havin’.‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 281: I shall roll into King’s Cross at 4.44, & make for your abode straight away.letter 21 Oct. in Thwaite|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 25: Said he’d be rolling into town in a red Mopar.|
2. (Aus.) to attack.
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 5: He rolled into a man big enough to eat him and polished him off.|
|‘The Bush Fire’ in Roderick (1972) 433: Peter, the station-hand [...] rolled up his sleeves, ready, as he said afterwards, to ‘roll into’ either the father or the son.|
to stay out all night on the spree.
|New Sprees of London 16: We advise all who would roll it for a night merrily, to pay Evans’ a visit.|
|‘Joskin’s Vocab.’ in Yokel’s Preceptor 29: Rolling it, stopping out all night on the spree.|
1. see roll up v. (2)
2. see roll up v. (5)
see jelly roll v.
see under kennel n.2
see sense 4b above.
see separate entry.
(US) to get into action, to move oneself.
|Wyoming (1908) 69: Y’u better roll your trail, seh.|
|Bucky O’Connor (1910) 45: Now, roll yore trail to the wall. Face this way!|
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 213: roll bones, v. – to fight.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
1. to do well, to succeed.
|DSUE (8th edn) 984/2: ca. 1870–1930.|
2. (US, also roll one’s tail) to leave.(also roll one’s tail)
|Butte Inter-Mountain (MT) 11 Apr. 7/3: The slick-eared maverick will soon roll his tail and pull for the wild bunch.|
|Salt Lake City Herald (UT) 3 Mar. 17/5: We could not agree [...] I told him to roll his hoop, and [...] I went up to the Court House and got my second Decree.|
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. ii: My goodness, I’ve got to roll my hoop and do a shopping number.|
|Goodwin’s Wkly (Salt Lake City, UT) 20 Dec. 18/3: ‘You go back to him and tell him to roll his hoop’.|
|Wash. Herald (DC) 27 Mar. 6/3: The bride gave the ring back and told him to roll his hoop.|
|Law O’ The Lariat 17: Roll yore tails, every dam one o’ yu.|
|One-Way Ride 88: Roll your hoop, Dean [...] We’re not looking for trouble.|
|Hollywood Detective Mar. [Internet] Go on, roll your hoop, or I’ll pinch you along with the jane.‘Killer’s Cure’|
see throw a/one’s leg over under leg n.
see roll one’s hoop
1. (also US) to get out of bed, to get up.
|Prairie Experiences 237: The cook’s voice shouts ‘Roll out;’ you jump up, but before you have time to dress [...] it is ‘Breakfast!’.|
|Gem 30 Sept. 21: ‘Oh! I believe I’ve been asleep,’ yawned Fatty Wynn. ‘Yes, I believe you have. Roll out!’.|
|AS I:3 139: ‘Roll out or roll up,’ is the morning call.‘Logger Talk’ in|
|Cowboy Lingo 152: A cheery voice ringing out about daybreak, shouting ‘Roll out there, fellers.’.|
|‘The Castration of the Strawberry Roan’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 94: I rolls out at sun up, I’ve still got the shits, / I fills up on coffee to sharpen my wits.|
2. (US) to leave, to depart, also excl.
|DA].Journal Birmingham Emigrating Company 13: They hitched up and 13 men, 5 wagons and 23 Horses rolled out [|
|Americanisms 223: To roll out [...] means there to begin a journey or commence an enterprise.|
|letter 30 Jan. in Gone To Texas (1884) 49: We had to turn out and get bedding, &c., into the wagon, eat breakfast, and roll out.|
|Aberdeen people’s Jrnl 18 Apr. 2/4: ‘Roll out!’ The cook’s voice rings out [...] calling the sleeping cowboys into action.|
|Fifty Years on the Old Frontier 34: We will roll out tomorrow.|
|AS VII Oct. 12: ‘To roll out’ also meant to prepare and depart from membership with the company [DA].|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 218: We rolled out, not too noisy, ’cause the cop would stop us, but politely high and good-natured.|
|AS L:1/2 65: Let’s roll out and get some food.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Street Talk 2 37: You rollin’ out with me?|
|Corner (1998) 407: Tyreeka wasn’t so young any more. She rolled out.|
|Wire ep. 1 [TV script] The Major wants to talk to you before you roll out.‘The Target’|
|‘She’s So Fly’ [lyrics] So, we hopped in the Land, and we rolled out, yeah.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 Fall .(ed.)|
3. (US prison) to release from jail.
|Homeboy 104: They rolled her out [...] They found a halfway house will to take a broad who killed her own baby.|
4. (US prison) to move to a new cell.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Roll Out: To move to other housing. Originally from rolling one’s belongings into the mattress for a move.|
see separate entry.
see roll in v. (1)
(US drugs) to move around wholesale quantities of narcotics.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 108/1: To roll stuff. To transport narcotics in wholesale quantities.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
(US prison) to open a row of cell doors using a remote mechanism that opens every door simultaneously.
|Prison Sl. 7: Rollin’ the Bars [...] In many prisons, the cell doors on each row of cells are opened and closed automatically at specific times. The cell doors are made of steel bars and operate on steel rollers that are connected so they open or close simultaneously.|
see under bones n.1
(drugs) to smoke opium.
|Opium Addiction in Chicago.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 196: roll the boy To smoke opium [...] rolling the log The act of smoking opium.|
|Traffic In Narcotics 314: roll the boy. To smoke opium.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
(UK black) to attend an event.
|hubpages.com ‘Roadman Slang 4 Jun. [Internet] Roll through - to attend an event. e.g. ‘are you rolling through tonight?’.|
1. see sense 2a above.
2. see also separate entry.
1. to approach.
|Hard Candy (1990) 161: Wesley was standing against the wall [...] Dayton rolled up on him.|
2. to approach sexually.
|Everybody Smokes in Hell 199: See bitches all day long with their signs hung out, then they wonder why a brother be giving them the eye, tryin’ ta roll up on ’em.|
3. to attack.
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] roll-up v. 1. To sneak up on someone – usually in a car. 2. Something that an enemy would do to sneak up on you. ‘Let’s roll up on those fellas and bust a cap!’ 3. To fight. ‘Roll up fool.’.|
|Soul Circus 138: You need to roll up on those cousins out on the street.|
see under sidewalk n.
1. to agree with, to accept.
|Cannibals 45: Jonathan frowned and became impatient. ‘If you’re through with being cute, continue.’ I rolled with the punch and went on.|
|Curvy Lovebox 60: Ain’t none of us rollin’ with this point of view.|
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 4 [TV script] Come on Herc, roll with me on this one, all right?‘Old Cases’|
|Nature Girl 230: So why don’tcha just roll with it?|
|OG Dad 46: Let’s just fucking roll with it, okay?|
2. to associate with.
|‘If I Ruled The World’ [lyrics] I’m rollin with folks that could never be stopped.|
|Blood Posse 286: He used to roll with the Gods on Buffalo Park.|
|Source Oct. 186: A herb who never got in trouble and didn’t roll with anybody.|
|Westsiders 93: What’s up with our company? You’re always rolling with Cash.|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 141: ‘I got a couple of girls in there that’s tough like me so we roll a lot’.|
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] rollin’ 1. chillin’, hangin’ out, rollin’ with the flow, takin’ what life gives ya. ‘I’m rollin’ with the homies.’.|
|Running the Books 169: There was this black dude [...] who dressed like them, the Hasids, and rolled with them.|
|Pigeon English 39: If you roll with us [...] we’ll look out for you, innit.|
|theculturetrip.com ‘Guide to London Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Roll with – hang out with me.|
3. to adopt a role or position.
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] When them New York jokers found out what really happened, we was still rollin’ wit’ that K.G. the boss shit.|
(US) a dismissive retort.
|Union Dues (1978) 152: The woman’s eyes went dead. ‘Go roll in it, buddy.’ ‘Can I believe my ears? An officer of the lawr [sic] subjected to crude language on the very streets of our city?’.|
(US) a dismissive retort.
|Real Latin Quarter 188: All straight, friend — two whiskeys with seltzer on the side — see ? Now go roll your hoop.|
|Tobogganning on Parnassus (1911) 25: Suppose I pass this Chloe up And say: ‘Go roll your hoop, I’m rid o’ ye!’ Would that drop sweetness in your cup? Eh, Lydia?|
|Munsey’s mag. XC 723/2: ‘This joint ain’t run fer charity — see?’ ‘Go roll your hoop.’.|
|Pulp Fiction (2006) 97: Go roll your hoop.‘Stag Party’ in Penzler|
|Foundry 181: Go roll your hoop.|
|It Can’t Happen Here 425: Senorita go roll your hoop, Or come to bed! Senorita from Guadalupe If Padre sees us we’re in the soup.|
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|Night the Old Nostalgia Burned Down 101: Those shafts used to be considered quite crushing. If all else fails, I can run the gamut of the Go School: ‘Go paddle your canoe.’ ‘Go roll your hoop.’.|
|Bread and a Stone 295: You don’ like it, you c’n go roll your hoop.|
|inBk Canadian Prose 437: To hell with you Thackeray, go roll your hoop you old bastard.|
|May There Be a Road 101: ‘Go roll your hoop.’ ‘Don’t be that way,’ Gurney protested.|
see separate entry.