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roll along

1. To travel over the length of something in a rolling motion, on wheels, or atop or inside of something with wheels. She let go of the marble and watched it roll along the elaborate, winding track. Thankfully the baby carriage rolled harmlessly along the sidewalk without falling over or veering into traffic.
2. 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 "along." The drawer gets stuck when you try to roll it along the rails inside the dresser. I loved sitting in the shopping cart as a kid while my mom or dad rolled me along the aisles.
3. To continue moving forward at a steady pace in a rolling motion, on wheels, or atop or inside of something with wheels The ball rolled along the sidewalk for quite a while before he was able to catch up with it. I love just rolling along on my skateboard as I make my way to class each morning.
4. To cause someone or something to move continuously forward at a steady pace 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 "along." One of the games we played as kids was to push a big hoop with a stick, seeing who could roll it along the farthest. I rolled him along in his wheelchair through the outdoor market.
5. To proceed or continue making progress at a smooth, steady, or easy pace. Things have been rolling along pretty well so far, which is unusual for a project of this size. A: "How's work, Jim?" B: "Ah, you know, it keeps rolling along."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

roll along

 
1. Lit. [for wheels or something on wheels] to move along, smoothly and rapidly. The wheels of the cart rolled along, making a grinding noise as they went. Our car rolled along rapidly toward our destination.
2. Fig. [for something] to progress smoothly. The project is rolling along nicely. I hope that your career is rolling along quite well.
See also: roll
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He was silent, and his eyes rested on the wheels of the tender, slowly and smoothly rolling along the rails.
"IT is getting perfectly full- up down-stairs; the sitting-room is full, and they are rolling along the passage; and my husband, Chippy Hackee, has run away and left me.
The king wished to wait in the first courtyard for the arrival of the carriages, nor had he long to wait, for the roads had been put into excellent order by the superintendent, and a stone would hardly have been found of the size of an egg the whole way from Melun to Vaux; so that the carriages, rolling along as though on a carpet, brought the ladies to Vaux, without jolting or fatigue, by eight o'clock.
The long, measured, dirge-like well of the Pacific came rolling along, with its surface broken by little tiny waves, sparkling in the sunshine.
Down went Rocinante, and over went his master, rolling along the ground for some distance; and when he tried to rise he was unable, so encumbered was he with lance, buckler, spurs, helmet, and the weight of his old armour; and all the while he was struggling to get up he kept saying, "Fly not, cowards and caitiffs!
And about two miles ahead of them, there was indeed the river rolling along its broad mass of water, while the farther bank, which was low and fertile, offered a sure refuge, and a place favorable for a descent.
I was obliged to dismount at Tours; since that, rolling along in a carriage, half dead, sometimes overturned, drawn upon the sides, and sometimes on the back of the carriage, always with four spirited horses at full gallop, I have arrived -- arrived, gaining four hours upon Porthos; but, see you, D'Artagnan does not weigh three hundred-weight, as Porthos does; D'Artagnan has not the gout and gravel, as I have; he is not a horseman, he is a centaur.
They were soon on the coach-top and rolling along the road.
At the distance of a few leagues, the bed of the water became lost among mountains, or was wrapped in the masses of vapor that came slowly rolling along their bosom, before a light morning air.
The uproar, which attended the passage of the herd, was now gone, or rather it was heard rolling along the prairie, at the distance of a mile.
The Canadian calendar shifts into high gear this week after rolling along at a sedate pace last week.
The Steve Harvey money machine just keeps on rolling along, Robert Feder writes.
Summary: The footage taken by a motorist shows the plane gliding down between cars and rolling along two lanes.
Posts about armored vehicles supposedly rolling along Edsa circulated on social media on Monday night.
Freight economy keeps rolling along. The most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report from Cass Information Systems points to a robust freight economy.