1(of a person or animal) curl up tightly.
- ‘at the sight of the wolf, the porcupine rolls up into a ball’
2roll something up, roll up somethingTurn something flexible over and over on itself to form a cylinder, tube, or ball.‘she started to roll up her sleeping bag’
fold, fold up, furl, wind up, coil, coil up, bundle upView synonyms
- ‘add avocado and roll up the tortilla’
- 2.1Fold the edge of a garment over on itself a number of times to shorten it.
- ‘she rolled up her sleeves to wash her hands’
3Make a car window or a window blind move up.
- ‘he rolled up the window and sped off’
4informal Casually arrive at a place.
arrive, come, turn up, appear, make in an appearance, put in an appearance, show one's faceView synonyms
- ‘we rolled up at the same time’
- ‘The bus rolls up to the porticoed entrance, literally bypassing the parking and traffic problems that the foundation's neighbors have been suing about.’
- ‘One afternoon, while writing their names in wet cement, a car rolls up beside them and a man, claiming to be a cop, steps out.’
- ‘With perfect timing, friendly Mick Taylor rolls up in his truck to save the day - except that the three young tourists are about to be led on a horrific journey into outback Australia's wildest heart of darkness.’
- ‘When she rolls up to the house of the preternaturally nasty John at one point in the film, she seems genuinely surprised at his explosive reaction to her sudden intrusion.’
- ‘On the verge of his big break, Austin is house-sitting his mother's home in LA when Lee rolls up out of the desert like a bad mirage.’
5British in imperative Used to encourage passers-by to look at or participate in something, typically at a fairground.
- ‘roll up, roll up, for all the fun of the fair’
6roll something up, roll up somethingMilitary
Drive the flank of an enemy line back and around so that the line is shortened or surrounded.‘We had arrived in a great position to roll them up from the flank.’
- ‘Unable to roll the line up, Rommel needed to break through it to get supplies to his armour, fighting hard to its east.’
- ‘The most dangerous situation is to be drawn deep in among buildings where the enemy can ambush the attack and roll it up.’