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roll away

1. To move away (from someone or something) in a rolling motion or on top of wheels. I always double check that the safety brake on the stroller is in place before I let go. My worst fear is for it to roll away when I'm walking next to a street! The ball bounced over the fence and rolled away somewhere into the trees.
2. To cause someone or something to move away (from someone or something) by pushing them or it in a rolling motion or on wheels. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "roll" and "away." I always double check that the safety brake on the stroller is in place before I let go. My worst fear is for it to roll away when I'm walking next to a street! The ball bounced over the fence and rolled away somewhere into the trees.
See also: away, roll

roll something away

to cause something to move away, rotating, turning over, turning, or moving on wheels. Jane rolled the ball away and it was lost. Jane rolled away the ball.
See also: away, roll

roll away

to move away, rotating, turning over, turning, or moving on wheels. The ball rolled away and fell down a storm sewer. The cart rolled away, and we had to chase it down the hill.
See also: away, roll
References in classic literature ?
It rolls away from its source with so inconsiderable a current, that it appears unlikely to escape being dried up by the hot season, but soon receiving an increase from the Gemma, the Keltu, the Bransu, and other less rivers, it is of such a breadth in the plain of Boad, which is not above three days' journey from its source, that a ball shot from a musket will scarce fly from one bank to the other.
The tide rolls away, the tourists come; the tide rolls back, the tourists leave.
With so many heads, the odds of getting tricks are very good--and the makes continued in quick succession, sparked by the extra positive energy that's created when your homie rolls away from a triumphant maneuver.
CCTV footage shows the mother looking away for a few seconds as the pram rolls away, passes a waiting passenger who is on his mobile, and lands on the track.
Jonathan Taylor, also 19, then tried to pull Rolls away but was knocked unconcious before being kicked.
The icer rolls away from the conveyor for easy cleaning and loading of icing.
The system rolls away from the molding machine for easy mold changes.
The action photo of a rolling caterpillar leads naturally to vocabulary-rich text that explains, "if it meets a predator, this caterpillar anchors its rear to the ground, recoils rapidly, and then rolls away backwards like a bright-green tire." Flip to a full-page photo of three kittens snuggled with a perky mouse on top of the furry pyramid and who could resist reading on to find out how this unusual friendship developed?
RHONA MARTIN rolls away a stone and gives Britain's Winter Olympic hopes a much-needed boost.
* On moving day, before the truck rolls away, take a good survey to make sure the shippers packed everything.
Like a languidly undulating wave, it rolls away from its neighbour and swells out to the west.