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1. To move or travel down (something) in a rolling motion, on wheels, or atop or inside of something with wheels. If you're forced to change a flat tire on an incline, you need to make sure the handbrake is on and the other wheels are firmly blocked off to stop the car from rolling down the hill in the middle of the job. The toddler delighted in carrying the ball up the hill and then watching it roll down again.
2. To cause someone or something move or travel down (something) in a rolling motion, on wheels, or atop or inside of something with wheels. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "roll" and "down." I got inside of the big tractor wheel while the others rolled me down the hill. We set up a series of planks so we could roll the heavy wheelbarrow down to the work site.
3. To travel over the length of something in a rolling motion, on wheels, or atop or inside of something with wheels. She kicked the ball so hard that it rolled down to the other side of the field. I love rolling down the road in my convertible, feeling the sun on my skin and the wind in my hair.
4. To cause someone or something to travel over the length of something in a rolling motion, on wheels, or atop or inside of something with wheels. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "roll" and "down." I'm so terrible at bowling. I just keep rolling the ball down the gutter! I loved sitting in the shopping cart as a kid while my mom or dad rolled me down the aisles.
5. To move to a lower position as a result of crank being turned or activated. I'm not sure why my window isn't rolling down. The audience cheered as the curtain rolled down.
6. To cause something move to a lower position by turning or activating a crank. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "roll" and "down." Would you mind rolling down the windows? It's really hot in here! They rolled the curtains down to cut off the comedian in the middle of his controversial act.
7. To pass to people in a lower position of a hierarchy. You need to be sure that the desires of the upper management roll down clearly to the lower-level managers and employees, or there is going to be friction between the different departments of the company. These orders came rolling down from the highest authorities in the military.
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roll something down something
to cause something to move down along something, rotating it like a wheel or a ball. Claire rolled the bowling ball down the alley for a strike. Roll the barrel down the ramp carefully. It is heavy.
roll something down
1. to move something down, making it rotate like a wheel or a ball, or moving it on wheels. Don't carry the ball down; roll it down! I rolled down the ball as you asked.
2. to crank down something, such as a car window. Please roll the window down and get some air in this car. Please roll down the car window.
roll down something
to move downward, along something, rotating, as a wheel or a ball, or moving downward on wheels. The ball rolled down the hall to the end. The cart went rolling down the hill all by itself.
to move downward, rotating, as a wheel or a ball, or to move downward on wheels. I pushed the wagon up the driveway, and it rolled down again. Don't place the cart at the top of the hill. It will roll down.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.