a roll in the hay Definition
- 1. A cylinder or tube formed by rolling up anything flat (such as paper, fabric, etc).
- Example: I used six rolls of wallpaper for this room
3a. A small individually-baked portion of bread;
- Thesaurus: bap, bun, bagel.
- Example: a cheese roll
- Example: swiss roll
- Example: sausage roll
- Example: rolls of fat
7a. An official list of names, eg of school pupils, members of a club or people eligible to vote;
- Thesaurus: list, roster, register, record, inventory, index, catalogue, census.
8. An act of rolling.
9. A swaying or rolling movement, eg in walking or dancing, or of a ship.
10. A long low prolonged sound.
- Example: a roll of thunder
- Thesaurus: noise, boom, resonance, drumbeat, grumble.
12. A series of quick beats on a drum.
- Form: a drum roll (also)
14. A roller or cylinder used to press, shape or apply something.
15a. An act or bout of rolling;
- Example: Sparky had a roll in the sand
- Example: a backward roll
- Money, especially a wad of banknotes.
- tr & intr
1. To move or make something move by turning over and over, as if on an axis, and often in a specified direction.
- Example: rolled the dice
- Thesaurus: turn, revolve, rotate, spin, spiral, reel, swirl, pivot, swivel, twirl, undulate, surge.
2. To move or make something move on wheels, rollers, etc, or in a vehicle with wheels.
- Thesaurus: advance, progress, move, proceed, propel.
3. Said of a person or animal, etc that is lying down: to turn with a rolling movement to face in another direction.
- Form: roll over (also)
4. To move or make something move or flow gently and steadily.
5. To seem to move like or in waves.
- Example: a garden rolling down to the river
6. Said eg of a ship: to sway or rock gently from side to side.
7. To walk with a swaying movement.
- Example: rolled in drunk at six o'clock
8. To begin to operate or work.
- Example: the cameras rolled
9. To move or make (one's eyes) move in a circle, especially in disbelief, despair or amazement.
tr & intr
10. To form, or form something, into a tube or cylinder by winding or being wound round and round.
11a. To wrap something by rolling;
- Example: rolled a spliff
- Form: roll up (also)
- Example: The hamster rolled up into a ball
- Form: roll up (also)
- Example: rolled out the pastry
- Form: roll something out (also)
13. To make a series of long low rumbling sounds.
- Thesaurus: sound, echo, thunder, reverberate.
- To rob someone who is helpless, usually because they are drunk or asleep.
16b. To appear on a screen.
17a. To make (a car) do a somersault;
17b. Said of a car: to overturn.
- See separate entries.
An act of sexual intercourse.
- Severe punishment will be dealt out, especially involving loss of job or status.
- (hiefly US)
Going through a period of continuous good luck or success.
- Combined in one person or in one thing.
- Said of a boxer: to move the body away from and in the same direction as an opponent's punches to reduce their impact.
- To go along with something negative and to offer no resistance in order to lessen its impact.
- To remove the right to practise from (a doctor, solicitor, etc), after professional misconduct.
- May a specified event, time, etc come soon.
- Example: Roll on the holidays
Phrasal Verb: roll by or on or past
- Said especially of time: to pass or follow steadily and often quickly.
- Example: The weeks rolled by
- To come or arrive in large quantities.
- To have large amounts of it (especially money).
- To overturn.See verb 3 above.Said of a jackpot prize, eg in the UK National Lottery: to be carried across to the next week because it has not been won. See also roll-over.
- Example: the jackpot might roll over three times in one year
- To defer demand for repayment of (a debt, loan, etc) for a further term. See also roll-over.
- To arrive.To come in large numbers. See also roll-up.