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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."
See also: roll

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
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With the cast and band sharing the stage this is a show that rock and rolls along to produce a wonderful spectacle.
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With plenty of rhythmic and invented language, the story rolls along its lyrical path to a satisfying conclusion.
In questioning my letter regarding the relation between the earth's spin and the length of the year, (GDN November 5), it seems that Jamil Amin, 'Warming to a Theme' (GDN November 12), imagines the Earth rolling along its orbit in the same way that a wheel rolls along the ground, in which case the distance covered per unit time would equate to the circumference x the rate of spin.
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Sporting a helmet and protective pads, he rolls along the mountain's narrow rock ledges--constantly adjusting his body to keep from falling.
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Try to get the feeling that your legs are part of a wheel that just rolls along ..." Try counting the strides of one leg for one minute and see how close you can get to 90.