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to turn over; to rotate one half turn. The old man rolled over and started snoring again. Please roll over and give me some more space in the bed.
roll over something
[for something that rolls] to pass over something. The wheelbarrow rolled over the hose, making the water squirt off and on. After all the traffic had rolled over Timmy's ball, there was very little left to it.
roll someone or something over
to turn someone or something over. Bobby rolled Billy over and began tickling him ruthlessly in the tummy. Mary rolled the stone over, hoping to find a snake underneath.
roll something over
Fig. to renew a financial instrument as it expires. (See also roll over something.) Do you plan to roll this certificate of deposit over? Are you going to roll over your certificates of deposit?
roll over somethingalso roll something over
to take profits from an investment and invest them in something similar After calling my financial advisor, I decided to roll over those treasury bonds. Investors sometimes take cash out of retirement plans rather than roll the funds over.
Usage notes: usually said about profits that would be taxed if they were not invested again
Reinvest profits from one investment back into that investment or into another, as in Our broker advised us to roll over the proceeds into a tax shelter. [Mid-1900s]
1. To shift one's position by turning from one side to the other: The dog rolled over on the carpet.
2. To shift the position of someone or something by turning from one side to the other: We rolled over the rug in order to move the furniture. The toddler rolled the ball over to me.
3. To defer or postpone payment of an obligation: The bank says it will roll over our debt until next year. They couldn't pay the bill, so the agency agreed to roll it over until the following month.
4. To reinvest funds from a maturing security or from a tax-deferred account into a similar security or account: When I left my job, I rolled over my 401K account into an IRA. If you roll the money over into an IRA, you can defer your taxes until after you retire.
5. To consent or comply passively or without protest; acquiesce: You shouldn't just roll over and give in when your kids want something!