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
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A lot of schools don't have the staff to be able to support candidates as calls roll in, or they might not have sophisticated systems to track people and where they are in the decision cycle.
Confusion only grows when Obama's first American school teacher, Miss Hefty, "calls roll and the mostly white school children hear a strange name: 'Barack Hussein Obama.'" Titters quickly break across the room.
But how many treatment facilities let phone calls roll to voice mail, lack appropriate after-hours coverage, have intake staff that cannot answer clinical questions, or undervalue the importance of their intake team?
Instead of answering them, you let all 100 calls roll into voice mail.
Volvo also equipped the vehicle with an active stability enhancing system it calls roll stability control (RSC), which was developed by Volvo and parent-company Ford Motor Co.
The California state Senate does not vote electronically; rather, it calls roll almost constantly.
The other 20K Jun 95 calls rolled to November yesterday, monetizing $8.7M in profits and paying $16.6M for the Nov 100 calls.
Inspector calls ROLLS Royce always kept a close eye on the coachbuilders that bodied its cars and Rippon Bros had regular inspections.
He calls rolls "the cornerstone of the business," and--like other frozen dough producers--supports the "roll bin" concept 100%.
Size ratio spread in Chesapeake as short calls rolled three months.