Definition of roll-up in English:



  • 1British A hand-rolled cigarette.

    • ‘Half the participants smoked tailor-made cigarettes and half smoked rallies or both tailor-mades and roll-your-owns.’
    • ‘Normally the race track is scattered with old men in brown suits getting drunk on sherry, or unemployed bums with roll-your-owns and a ‘Best Bets’ in the top pocket.’
    • ‘A diminutive, wiry figure, he sits, smoking roll-ups and nursing a cup of black coffee, in the corner of his ground floor study in north London.’
    • ‘I offered her one of the roll-ups and, even though she doesn't smoke, she seemed happy to take it.’
    • ‘An overfull roll-your-own dangles precariously from his ever-present cigarette holder.’
    • ‘The line of battered old vans and the knots of people smoking roll-ups in the foyer only served to confirm what the security services already knew.’
    • ‘Five tonnes of roll-your-own tobacco were also seized.’
    • ‘The judge further held that she had failed to prove that her husband had smoked the defenders' products before 1971, or to what proportion of his total smoking after that date, as he frequently smoked roll-ups.’
    • ‘Customs officials discovered illicit roll-your-own tobacco, which had also come from Thailand, worth more than 1 million when they opened a container.’
    • ‘It is not unlike being taught how to make your first roll-up.’
    • ‘Over 1.2 billion people worldwide regularly smoke tobacco products, not including the use of roll-your-owns or smokeless tobacco.’
    • ‘Price increases have also been applied to the company's other products including roll-your-own tobacco and cigars.’
    • ‘A few travellers wandered aimlessly between the caravans or sat nursing injuries and smoking roll-ups around the smouldering embers of a fire.’
    • ‘The company has over 320 brands, including cigarettes, cigars and roll-your-own.’
    • ‘She, a cleaner, smokes about five roll-ups each day.’
    • ‘The Revenue Commissioners said the seizure was larger than all other finds of roll-your-own tobacco last year.’
  • 2Australian An assembly or its turnout.

    ‘we should get a big roll-up’


  • 1attributive Denoting something which can be rolled up.

    ‘roll-up panels’
    • ‘She had another one of those kits like the one Chihirae had owned: a small leather roll-up pouch with grooming tools nestled in the loops.’
    • ‘Bring an inner-tube or a roll-up toboggan or something, so if the pigs show up you can pull a fancy Batman escape, zipping down the east face, giggling like an imp.’
    • ‘A less expensive solution is to leave windows uncovered, or only minimally blocked with roll-up shades or sheer fabric panels.’
    • ‘Add length on pants and sleeves by making roll-up cuffs in a contrasting color.’
    • ‘Cat drove around to the back of the office building, quickly getting out of the truck and knocking on the large steel roll-up door.’
  • 2Finance
    attributive Denoting an investment fund in which returns are reinvested and tax liabilities can be reduced.

    • ‘Under the new gross roll-up system, tax on investments must now be paid on the encashment of the policy, rather than on an annual basis.’
    • ‘Dispose of interests in offshore roll-up funds if the proceeds will be taxed at a lower rate in the foreign jurisdiction than your home country.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the roll-up specialists were able to sell their vision to the investing public, which rewarded them with astronomically high valuations of the stock in their new entities, at least initially.’
    • ‘The gross roll-up nature of the investment ensures the maximum amount of earnings and capital appreciation can be retained for further investment without incurring a tax charge.’