roll 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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At Federal Hill Commons on 175 West Logan Street, food trucks roll up and set up shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There's no admission fee, so all your money can go toward something to munch. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Food Truck Fridays around Indianapolis: What you need to know," 6 July 2018 LG Display is also working on TV displays that roll up like a newspaper. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft has been dreaming of a pocketable dual-screen Surface device for years," 2 July 2018 At 11:00 on the dot, Obama himself walked out into the lobby with no jacket and his sleeves rolled up, introduced himself as Barack (which is pretty funny in hindsight), and shook my hand. John Diaz,, "‘Yes We (Still) Can,’ by Dan Pfeiffer," 15 June 2018 They were interrupted by a car of four or five men who rolled up and violently robbed them, according to Oak Creek Police Department records. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drug deal gone bad leads to shots fired, pistol whipping in Oak Creek," 13 June 2018 Two teams of people would then pull the hat up the ramp using a technique called parbuckling, which allows the heavy stone to be rolled up the ramp without rolling back down. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Clever Way the Easter Island Statues Got Hats," 13 June 2018 Police did not say how long the child had been in the car, which was parked in the 4000 block of Roswell Road with the windows rolled up. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cobb mom jailed, accused of leaving baby in car while she shopped," 5 June 2018 Is a homer haven for a guy who’s given up 27 of ‘em in his last 120 innings, streets roll up at 10 PM. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's TML: Knee-jerking our way through Cincinnati Reds season is not smart," 10 May 2018 So the implication of a boss who would roll up his sleeves and consult – even value – the rank and file was music to a good many diplomats’ ears. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Kim story, a likely ratings boost for diplomatic repairman designee Pompeo," 18 Apr. 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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