Definition of bankroll in English:

bankroll

noun

North American
  • 1A roll of banknotes.

    • ‘All bills from the US Federal Reserve are the same size, so I carefully measured and weighed my $100 bankroll.’
    • ‘After showing them his gun, he throws them a large bankroll of cash and invites them to come work for him.’
    • ‘When they pulled their bankroll out of their pocket to pay, the only variation he saw in the bills was how clean or dirty they were.’
    • ‘Returning to the motel that they share with the twins, Max and Linda steal the strippers' bankroll and head back on the road.’
    • ‘All you need is a bankroll of two hundred dollars.’
    • ‘He had carefully stashed away his days of retirement, just as he stacked bankrolls of the British sterling all day, in separate wads of months and years.’
    • ‘At a round card table fat men with moustaches drink whiskey, smoke cigars, talk in bellows, chortle hysterically and tip semi-clad women from fist-sized bankrolls.’
    bundle, roll, pile, stack, sheaf, pocketful, load
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    1. 1.1 Financial resources.
      ‘his bankroll allowed him to run campaigns all over the US’
      • ‘This thin house requires a bankroll that's fairly fat.’
      • ‘First, players frequently get panicky when they're betting more per than their bankroll really allows.’
      • ‘Runoff foe Fernando Ferrer backs him, but Green is still mending fences with hospital union chief Dennis Rivera, a Ferrer backer whose street muscle could offset Bloomberg's bankroll.’
      • ‘For Dean, the first question was financial: how to raise the funds to compete against a popular sitting president with a bankroll bigger than a Powerball jackpot.’
      • ‘But his win did more than add a seven figure sum to his bankroll.’
      • ‘My bankroll expired faster than expected, because I found some mint-condition 1893 World's Fair postcards.’
      • ‘The object of the game is to increase your bankroll, although if you run out of money you can always borrow from the house.’
      • ‘There are things each of them had been saving for and I figured I would reward them for their good saving habits by adding to their bankroll.’
      • ‘But private-equity funds, flush with an estimated $200 billion bankroll, could buy such companies without riling the watchdogs.’
      • ‘In America, he began to invest the money of friends and acquaintances as well as his own modest bankroll, and was soon turning a handsome profit.’
      • ‘Alcoa's stock rose by more than 7% during the same period, meaning that O'Neill's bankroll increased by $6 million.’
      • ‘Even if you haven't met ‘the one,’ you'll judge your soul mate by the love letters, roses, and foot massages - not the size of their bankroll.’
      • ‘In a tournament, bets like this deplete a limited bankroll.’
      • ‘You may be better off, financially, investing your bankroll and mortgaging the house.’
      • ‘They're not going to bet the same amount every time, and we look for people who have a large bankroll.’
      • ‘Not only did I lose my entire bankroll, but I also beefed up my phone bill with international calls to the customer support team in India, pleading with them to reactivate my account.’
      • ‘None of them had the kind of bankroll Seraph had.’
      • ‘I would say based on bankroll and risk-taking personality, you have to decide what you're comfortable with.’
      • ‘Some could argue that Jonas Salk could not have cured polio without the large bankroll he was handed in the 1950s by the American government, and that everyone is better off for it.’
      • ‘So, they're also buying up a ton of patents with a $350 million bankroll.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Support (a person, organization, or project) financially.

    ‘the project is bankrolled by wealthy expatriates’
    • ‘Grateful gallery-owners and curators would also call it courageous, given the type of work Beck's bankrolls.’
    • ‘He spent a significant portion of his fortune bankrolling his campaign to become a New Jersey senator four years ago.’
    • ‘For years they have enjoyed lives of luxury bankrolled by the illicit gains of their wealthy criminal husbands.’
    • ‘But while all other presidential contenders have disclosed their lists, the senator has refused to disclose who is bankrolling his campaign.’
    • ‘I'd slaved over it for months while my husband worked double shifts in a hotel to help bankroll it.’
    • ‘That helps bankroll research in new niches, such as high-power microwave devices that can defuse explosives by frying their circuits.’
    • ‘The wealthy president of a Brazilian university is bankrolling an initiative to end Colorado's winner-take-all presidential electoral system.’
    • ‘The extent to which the US would help bankroll this option is unclear.’
    • ‘He still unnerves conservatives by helping bankroll 17 drug-reform ballot initiatives - and winning every one.’
    • ‘Campaigners hoping to open a shop by Christmas believe a combination of grants and community support will help bankroll the long-awaited project.’
    • ‘Mr Smith said the department's own funds, which have bankrolled major improvements in the naval service, had been well tapped and it was now time to explore new ways of funding.’
    • ‘Staff travel is limited to official business and the Commons bankrolls some free travel between the constituency and London for family members.’
    • ‘Unions represent hundreds of thousands of Scots and have long helped bankroll Labour election campaigns.’
    • ‘Bars and restaurants along First Avenue can pretty much bankroll their entire operations on weekend nights.’
    • ‘The party's national organisation, which bankrolled the campaign, could also face financial crisis.’
    • ‘The project includes South African film company Unital Films International, which has helped bankroll several movies.’
    • ‘This is unlikely to take the form of bankrolling her campaign.’
    • ‘The Liberal Democrats are appealing to liberal Americans to help bankroll their general election campaign.’
    • ‘The signing of the memorandum is the final step in bankrolling the project, Velchev said.’
    • ‘On the other hand, does corporate sponsorship bankroll some cool sport/cultural events that would not otherwise occur?’
    sponsor, support, back, insure, indemnify, provide security for, take the risk for, subsidize, contribute to, pay for, provide capital for, finance, fund
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Pronunciation

bankroll

/ˈbaŋkrəʊl/