roll up

rolled up; rolling up; rolls up

Definition of roll up

transitive verb

: to increase or acquire by successive accumulations : accumulate rolled up a large majority

intransitive verb

1 : to become larger by successive accumulations
2 : to arrive in a vehicle

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Examples of roll up in a Sentence

ticket sales are expected to roll up as the date of the concert nears

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For all of Chinatown’s recent development, this stretch of Alameda still rolls up its sidewalks at sundown. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "A New Bistro is Bringing French Decadence to Chinatown," 9 Jan. 2018 The company, McGilvery said, would have to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Stories of Eastlake Park help a community regain past, look to future," 19 June 2019 After a brief stop in the clubhouse, Castillo walked to the team’s bullpen behind the right-field wall with pitching coach Derek Johnson at 8:19 p.m. as the grounds crew began to roll up the tarp that covered the infield. Bobby Nightengale,, "Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds bullpen hold off Houston Astros to win series opener," 17 June 2019 Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get the job done — political bickering and partisan posturing do no one any good. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: For people who need medicine to survive, let’s solve this problem now," 9 June 2019 Her travels around the world have managed to encourage even the greatest culinary novice to roll up their sleeves and step into a kitchen. Condé Nast Traveler, "In Conversation With the Absolutely Delightful Samin Nosrat: Women Who Travel Podcast," 18 Dec. 2018 But now is the time to roll up our sleeves, knock on doors, and register people to vote. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," 6 Oct. 2018 But now is the time to roll up our sleeves, knock on doors, and register people to vote. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle will make the Supreme Court a pivotal issue in 2018 — and 2020.," 7 Oct. 2018 Not the kind with bespoke suits and parted, shellacked hair; the kind with his sleeves rolled up, and a pair of beat-up beige sneakers on his feet. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of roll up

1822, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

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roll·​up | \ ˈrōl-ˌəp\

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