1. in sexual senses.
(a) the penis.
|‘Peggy’s Triumph’ in Lummy Chaunter 91: Not even the composer with thick and long roll, / True time to her movements, could keep for his soul.|
|London Life 2 Aug. 4/2: They tell me Helen Barry is not so fond of rolls for breakfast as she used to be [...] Possibly she has found one a little too ‘crusty’ [...] old rolls usually are.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 67: Oh, what a roll you got, Joolie.|
(b) (US) the vagina [abbr. jelly roll n.].
|🎵 I need a little sugar in my bowl, I need a little hot dog on my roll.‘I Need a Little Sugar in my Bowl’|
|Screening the Blues (1968) 234: Mama, I got a hot dog and it ain’t cold, / It’s just right for to fit your roll.‘Dirty Mother For You’ in Oliver|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 5: She had one of the meanest rolls a man could want.|
(c) (orig. US) sexual intercourse; thus roll ass v., to have sexual intercourse [abbr. roll in the hay n. (1)].
|Born to Be Bad 6: Around the Flagler Street docks, sex goes for one or two bucks a roll. But the roll is as likely to take place in an alley as in a bed.|
|Girl Called Honey 10: No loose women walk the streets--this is strictly forbidden to eliminate amateur competition which would harass houses that charge five to twenty dollars for a quick roll.|
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(d) (US gay) in pl., the buttocks.
|Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐.|
2. a bankroll.
|Memoirs of a Water Drinker I 65: His father took him apart, and bestowed on him a roll of hard dollars, and a lecture.|
|Career of Puffer Hopkins 10: [He] engages in a whispered conversation [...] (enforced by the thrusting of a roll at the same time into the open hand of the scraggy gentleman) ‘There’s a current ten — make me a vice, will ye?’.|
|Ashtabula Wkly Teleg. (OH) 28 Jan. 1/4: Drawing a huge roll from the pocket of his well-worn panatloons [etc.].|
|Black-Eyed Beauty 46: ‘Another man pays,’ he used to say as he saw his roll of fives swept away, and planked down another bundle.|
|Reminiscences 199: Bill [...] arranged a ‘road roll,’ or a showy pile of bills.|
|Forty Years a Gambler 22: The man then got out his big roll and put up $100. [Ibid.] 296: I would pull out a roll that would make everybody look wild.|
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 83: ‘Dick sends best. Chickens has a roll.’ I wired Johnny as follows: ‘If you see a safety pin anywhere around Chickens, that roll belongs to me.’.|
|Voice of the City (1915) 224: I’ve got a roll as big around as a barrel of black-eyed peas.‘From Each According to his Ability’ in|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 321: He’ll have to strip off a few from his roll to pay for this.|
|Kid Scanlon 306: Now we git the chance of a lifetime to grab a roll.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 Dec. 18/3: His faith in tight pants as a safe deposit for his ‘roll’ was shattered for ever.|
|Here’s Luck 102: He jerked off his boot. ‘Me feet ain’t really as big as this,’ he remarked. ‘I got me roll in here’.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 206: Bowl ’em over by flashing his roll.Young Manhood in|
|Thieves Slang ms list from District Police Training Centre, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwicks 9: Roll of scratch: Packet of bank notes.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 385: I’ll turn the glass over to Mac and he’ll hand me a big roll.|
|On The Road (1972) 163: She stepped out [...] with her girlfriend, the nightclub owner and a greasy old man with a roll.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 10: If you can place any reliance on the buzzes flashing round this hooker [...] the Jimmie has also dropped a roll.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 6: I was sure he was carrying a big roll.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 9: I don’t see anybody with the big roll, nothing.|
|Brown’s Requiem 23: Fat Dog whipped out his fat old Mexican wallet again, and this time pulled out his roll.|
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 126: Good-for-nothing little twats trying to clip him for his roll.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 68: I forged my dad’s last three Social Security checks. I had a roll.‘Stephanie’ in|
3. (US) a drive.
|Soldier Letters (1919) 58: Just got back from another long roll. It takes five hours to make the round trip.diary 11 Dec. in|
4. (US black) a suit jacket.
|‘The Trumpet Player’ in Coll. Poems (1996) 338: The Negro / With the trumpet at his lips / Whose jacket / Has a fine one-button roll.|
|🎵 Ronnie please dig my clothes here, boy, / a one button roll, / well you know I’m sharp as a tack.‘Trickle Trickle’|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 162: Say deep down in the jungle in the coconut grove / lay the Signifying Monkey in his one-button roll.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 177: He wore a double-breast suit and a two-button roll.|
|(ref. to 1955) 🌐 I had just bought my graduation suit, a beige flannel one-button roll which I wore with a pale yellow shirt with a ‘Mr. B’ wide button-down collar and a black knit orlon tie done up in a windsor knot.An Inappropriate Life|
5. in drug uses.
(a) (US drugs) a roll of benzedrine tablets.
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process 812: A lot of dudes on the set will drop a roll of them reds (seconal).|
|Queens’ Vernacular 173: roll (fr narc sl) a roll of ten wrapped benzedrine tablets.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 227: Tinfoil Benzedrine. He swallowed a roll dry.|
(b) (UK drugs) a small measure of hashish.
|Damned and Destroyed 36: Loaded. Full of heroin. Carrying a roll, too.|
|Oz 2 13/3: Hash which, for a good roll, they sell at about 3/- to 6/- a joint.|
(c) (US black) a month’s supply of contraceptive pills.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 197: There are expressions related to pregnancy, menstruation, birth control, and female hygiene: [...] rack, roll (month’s supply of birth control pills).|
(d) three barbiturates, as sold by a dealer.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 168: One young woman dealer [...] got prescriptions for Seconal, and sold the capsules for a street price of $5.00 a ‘roll’ (three capsules).|
(e) (US campus) a tablet of MDMA.
|Campus Sl. Fall 9: ROLL [...] Unit of the illegal substance ecstasy: ‘I knew a guy who bought a bad ROLL and became very sick.’.|
(f) a rolled up note used to inhale a powdered drug; also used of a straw.
|Twitter 22 Aug. 🌐 Odd that Right Said Fred are so against a regulated lab created vaccine, what with their history of sharing needles for steroids and rolls for coke.|
6. (UK black) a fight.
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 34: After that roll we had in the blues dance [...] I saw him on a 109 bus.|
7. (US black) a way of conducting one’s life, a modus vivendi.
|Dope Sick 103: My roll was different [to that of an addict]. I was correct and knew where I was going.|
8. see roll-up n.2 (1)
(US Und.) a substantial bank roll.
|Little Falls Herald (MN) 31 Mar. 3/3: How to Operate the Shell Game with Profit [...] If the ‘gee’ springs a fat roll, tip the ollie a finif to vamp until the blow off.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 9 Feb. 21/1: The man with the fat roll is making it fatter, / Foflashr Money’s a good thing.|
|Sound and Furry 23: Vannah opened her purse again, handed Bernie a fat roll. Not the fattest in my experience, but it was always nice to see a fat roll coming our way.|
(US) a black man’s penis.
|‘How to relax your colored friends at parties’ [stand-up] I always heard that you guys, well, I heard you really got a big wang-on, like a baby’s arm with an apple in its fist. Could I see it? Aw, c’mon – let’s whip out that roll of tarpaper and see whatcha got there, Chonga.|
|Choirboys (1976) 285: You gonna slip old Carolina a roll of tarpaper tonight, Calvin?|
see under drop v.6
to display one’s money.
|McCook Trib. (NE) 8 Oct. 2/1: The old man [...] returned and ‘flashed up’ his roll.|
|Democratic North-West (Napoleon, OH) 31 Jan. 8/1: A travelling quack who remakred as he flashed his roll, ‘that two suckers were born every time one died’.|
|Down the Line 21: I simply had to have a roll to flash on the way home.|
|Dly Public Ledger (Maysville, KY) 12 Feb. 1/1: ‘Man fom Maysville’ Flashed his Roll an made Old Home Darkey’s Eyes Stare Some.|
|Bridgeport Times (CT) 28 Apr. 2/2: The soldier flahsed his roll.|
|Pulp Fiction (2006) 6: The roll he’d flashed on me was gone.‘One, Two, Three’ in Penzler|
|We Who Are About to Die 205: You make a habit of hangin’ around clip joints, and flashin’ a big roll in hot spots.|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 41: I stuffed the five dollar bill down into my pocket without flashing my roll .|
|(con. 1950s) Harder They Come 128: He resisted the impulse to flash his roll.|
(US) a roll of money with a high-value note visible on the outside, hiding only small denominations.
|Claim Number One [e-book] With six small bills and some paper, he made up as handsome a gambler’s roll as could have been met with in all Comanche that night.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 79: Whistler took out his gambler’s roll. A fifty was on top. You’d think he was carrying big money if you didn’t know the rest was ones.|
a large roll of money.
|A Field of Wild Flowers 117: The purse is filled with a vial of coke for the night, cigarettes in a leopard print case, twelve ribbed condoms, and a pimp-roll the size of my fist.|
(drugs) to swallow a number of pills at one go.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 250: pop a roll Ingest three to five pills.|
(Aus./US) a large quantity of money.
|Silk Hat Harry’s Divorce Suit 9 Oct. [synd. cartoon strip] That’s funny. I had a roll that a greyhound couldn’t jump over this morning. It’s gone.|
|New York Day by Day 12 June [synd. col.] A bankroll that would trip up a leaping greyhound.|
|Aus. Lang. 107: He may even be fortunate enough to have a roll Jack Rice couldn’t jump over. Jack Rice was a racehorse noted for his performances over hurdles.|
|Honest Rainmaker (1991) 132: The Millionaire Kid drew from his black pocket a roll of bills a cheetah couldn’t jump over.|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 37: They tell me some of these T.V. stars can earn a roll a kangaroo couldn’t jump over.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 17: Counting a stack of $50 Evel Knievel couldn’t have jumped over.|
(Aus./US) a large quantity of money.
|Barkeep Stories 73: ‘He has a roil o’ bills dat ’ud choke a dog’.|
|Wolfville 13: Cherokee lugs out a roll of bills big enough to choke a cow.|
|Sandburrs 152: Was it a wad? D’ roll Joe gets is big enough to choke a cow.‘Joe Dubuque’s Luck’ in|
|Down the Line 23: Satisfied that in a few minutes I’d have a roll big enough to choke the tunnel.|
|Rock Is. Argus 8 Oct. 5/3: There was a roll of dollar bills that would choke a mule.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 25: Windy is there wit a bank roll that’d choke a hippopotamus.|
|Mr. Jackson 124: He’s there with a bundle of fall money to choke a cow right now.|
|S.F. Call 17 Feb. 11/1: He will be up on the block, with a bank roll fat enough to choke an army mule.|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 52: He’s got a bundle of kale that would choke a cow.|
|News Scimiter (Memphis, TN) 27 Mar. 12/3: He will never fight again unless he gets a roll of jack that would choke a mule.|
|Thunder Bird [e-book] Went and left me in the lurch after me helping him to a roll of kale that would choke an elephant!|
|Argosy 3 Jan. 🌐 Takin’ out a roll that would have blocked the Subway.‘Thirty Days on the Island’ in|
|No Base Like Home 21: He always had a roll on him which would choke a whole stable full of horses.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 Dec. 18/3: He had a ‘roll’ that would choke the winner of a pie-eating competition.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 June 21/2: He was exploring the contents of a purse that was bigger than Jumbo’s ear. It. contained a roll that would choke a wolf!|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 11 Aug. 15/4: A roll thick enough to choke Big Mouth Annie.|
|Wash Tubbs [comic strip] A roll o’ bills fitte to choke a billygoat.|
|Lucky Palmer 95: He’s got it all right [...] Yeah. A roll big enough to choke a bullock.|
|Boys’ Life Oct. 12: They had a roll big enough to choke a cow.|
|Real Gone Guy [e-book] He always went around with a roll big enough to choke a horse.|
|Jones Men 6: Hoe would throw down a roll that would choke a Goddamn mule.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 143: Lawrie pulled out his wallet which was thick enough to choke a hippotamus.|
|Prime Roll 29: The kid, he brings out a roll of hundreds, choke a horse.|
|Tyson 162: Thirty-three-year-old King lived large, always traveling by Cadillac and never without a roll thick enough to choke a racehorse.|
|More Dark Drink 108: His hand emerges with a roll of notes in fifties, large enough to choke a horse, a tall well-built horse.|
SE in slang uses
see roll in the hay n.
see separate entry.
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to get into one’s stride, e.g. in a speech.
|White Shoes 76: I’d like to be around when Crystal baby gets a roll on.|
|Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] ‘Gee your mate can talk though.’ ‘Yeah. He’s not bad when he gets a roll on’.|
(UK teen) to swagger to put on airs.
|Everyday Life in Public Schools n.p.: Anything approaching swagger is severely rebuked... ‘He’s got such a horrid roll on’ [F&H].|
(orig. US gambling) on a winning streak, enjoying a period of success, sustained activity or speech whether lit. or fig.
|Tucson Mag. Jan. 26/1: Now she is 26 and on a roll [OED].|
|🎵 Hustlers on a roll, like they got a million.‘Radio Suckers’|
|Indep. 5 June 11: When they stick to the past the Stones are certainly on a roll.|
|Cartoon City 55: He was on a roll. This was turning into an interesting night.|
|Indep. 5 Feb. 5: When it comes to ticket sales, the Eye is on a roll.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] Patsy was on a roll so he didn’t notice my change in posture.|
|Sellout (2016) 276: ‘Excuse me, Mr Fiske, I have a question...’ ‘Not now, motherfucker, I’m on a roll’.|
see separate entry.
(US black) to slow down whatever one is doing.
|🎵 Slow your roll, you don’t even know me.‘Negro Wit An Ego’|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 6: slow your roll – calm down.|
|🎵 So you should slow your roll, that’s my advice to you, bro.‘Gotta Get Over’|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 158: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Ace boon coon. Slow your roll. Set it off. Shit on you.|
|🎵 Slow your roll, stop actin like you don’t know.‘Run’|
|Broken 142: When he comes home? Slow your roll, girl.‘The San Diego Zoo’ in|
go away! get lost!
|Truth (Melbourne) 12 Aug. 5/3: Mr. Rice (for the defendant): Didn't you tell Mrs. Sims to ‘Go and have a roll’? His Honor (puzzled); What does that mean? Mr. Rice: It has no dirty meaning. His Honor (reassured): Oh, that’s all right. Mr. Rice: It means ‘GO AND CHASE YOURSELF’.|
|Prahran Teleg. (Vic.) 19 Feb. 6/1: Did you say, ‘Go and have a roll?’ —No. Did you say, ‘Go and have a sleep?’ — No.|
|Narromine News NSW) 24 Dec. 2/5: ‘He told me to bag my head, to go and have a jump at myself and to go and have a roll,’ witness said. ‘I told him I wouldn't stand that at my table’.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 34: Have a roll!, go and, go to the devil!|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 192: Juvenile language is well stocked [...] with expressions inviting a person’s departure, for instance: [...] go and have a roll.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|