call (the) roll

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call (the) roll

In a group setting, to call out each person's name from a list to see if they are present or absent. I haven't called roll yet, but it looks like a lot of kids are absent from school today. Suzy, please call the roll, I need to step out for a moment.
See also: call, roll

call (the) roll

 and take (the) roll
to call the names of people from a list of those enrolled, expecting them to reply if they are present. After I call the roll, please open your books to page 12. I will take roll, and then we will do arithmetic.
See also: call, roll
References in classic literature ?
They beat the tattoo, called the roll, had supper, and settled down round the fires for the night- some repairing their footgear, some smoking pipes, and some stripping themselves naked to steam the lice out of their shirts.
They stood in rows on the branches, waiting politely while he cut the paper sixpences out of his bank-note, and presently he called the roll, and then each bird, as the names were mentioned, flew down and got sixpence.
Marsha called the roll with "Have you ever visited a river fish market?
No Congress on the record has called the roll every single session day except this Congress,' Farinas said.
When the clerk called the roll for a final vote on the Alternative, Sens.
Members' names were projected on the wall above the floor of the House, as the clerk called the roll.
Back in July 1974 we reported that when they called the roll at the start of the St.
Chris Sharkey, 64, called the roll for the last time at Walshestown national school in Clogherhead, Co Louth, on Friday.
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