roll onto

roll onto (someone or something)

1. To move on top of someone or something in a rolling motion, on wheels, or atop or in something with wheels on it. The van rolled onto his foot, breaking several bones. Our ball rolled onto our neighbor's lawn. She managed to her feet out of the saddle before the horse rolled onto her after the fall.
2. To cause someone or something to move on top of someone or something else in a rolling motion, on wheels, or atop or in something with wheels on it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "roll" and "onto." They rolled some large stones onto the tarp to keep it from blowing away. The paramedics had to roll him onto the bed from the stretcher.
3. To apply a coat of some substance onto someone or something with something that rolls. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "roll" and "onto." You'll need to roll two or three coats of paint onto the wall before you get an even color. He rolled the deodorant onto his armpits.
4. To move or proceed onto some new task or activity. Make sure you check each article for errors before you roll onto the next one. We should be able to roll onto a new project by the end of the month.
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roll something onto something

 and roll something on
to apply something or a coat of a substance by rolling something saturated with the substance on the thing to be coated. You should roll another coat of paint onto this wall over here. Roll on another coat.
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Both drivers and a witness told officers the Toyota was east on Northwest Highway when it went through a red light at Ridge and struck the Chrysler, causing it to roll onto its roof, police said Sunday.
The device senses the diameter of the expiring roll of film and automatically splices the end of each expiring roll onto the new roll.
TWO officers avoided serious injuries after a crash which saw their police car roll onto its side.
Place your completed summer roll onto the greased tray and repeat the process with the remaining paper wrappers and filling.
Using your hands roll onto a lightly floured surface into a log shape approx nine inch long.
Once the operator loads the roll onto the conveyor everything else takes place in a pre programmed sequence.
Police received a call at 2.21pm on Monday that his Peugeot 308 had left the road and collided with a hedgerow, causing it to roll onto its roof.
Stockholm: Hundred self-driving Volvo cars will roll onto public roads in and around the Swedish city of Gothenburg in 2017, the Chinese-owned car maker said on Monday.
"The impact of the collision caused the truck to roll onto its roof and slide an additional 110 feet,'' police said.
Shortly before the airplane departed, the witness noted fog was beginning to roll onto the airport.
Ah, my love let's treasure these moments watching passive waves roll onto the shore.
Just place the roll onto the unwind support and the material is fed to the traveling knife assembly.
The collision caused Wiuff's vehicle to roll onto the passenger side, police said.
THE latest versions of Mazda's popular supermini, the Mazda2, are ready to roll onto the roads of Britain with a wider choice of variants, new styling features, revised interior trim and a modified rear suspension system.
To apply, brush or roll onto the ceramic or glass piece.