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1. To arrive somewhere, especially casually or late. The test had already begun when John rolled in, cool as a breeze. If we don't hit much traffic, I'd say we'll be rolling in around 9 or so.
2. To arrive at a steady, unstoppable pace. The money will be rolling in if we can tap into this market. I hear there's a big storm rolling in tomorrow morning.
roll in (something)
To possess, acquire, or have coming in vast amounts. (Usually said of money, and mostly used in the continuous tense.) I wouldn't worry too much about the Smiths: they're rolling in cash. It sickens me to see these politicians roll in wealth while so many of us struggle to keep a roof over our heads.
roll someone or something (up) in something
to turn or wrap someone or something so as to contain someone or something in something. Roll this painting up in a sheet of heavy wrapping paper. They rolled the burning man up in a blanket to put out the flames.
roll something in something
to turn something over and over in something, as if to coat the thing being rolled. Tony rolled each of the meatballs in flour and popped them into the hot oil. Roll each of these cookies in powdered sugar.
roll something in
to bring something in by rotating it like a wheel or a ball or by moving it on wheels. She put the round table on its edge and rolled it in. Then she went out and got the chairs before the rain started. The waiters rolled in the table with the wedding cake on it.
roll in (to some place)
to arrive at a place; to come into some place. The two cars rolled into the parking lot at about the same time. What time did they roll in?
roll in something
1. Lit. to rotate about in something. What is that dog rolling in? We had fun rolling in the leaves.
2. Fig. to have lots of something, such as money—enough to roll in. She is just rolling in cash. Mary is rolling in money because she won the lottery.
Fig. to come in large numbers or amounts, easily, as if rolling. (Alludes to the arrival of many wheeled conveyances.) We didn't expect many people at the party, but they just kept rolling in. Money is simply rolling in for our charity.
1. Retire for the night, as in It's time to roll in-we'll see you in the morning.
2. Add, as in She tried to roll in several new clauses, but the publisher would not agree.
3. Arrive, flow, or pour in, as in The football fans have been rolling in since this morning.
4. Enjoy ample amounts of, especially of wealth, as in Ask the Newmans for a donation-they're rolling in money. This idiom alludes to having so much of something that one can roll around in it (as a pig might roll in mud). It is sometimes put as rolling in it, the it meaning money. [Late 1700s] Also see roll in the aisles; roll in the hay.
See turn in
1. in. to pull in; to drive up; to arrive. The car rolled into the parking lot at a high speed.
2. Go to turn in.