One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Arrive.‘we rolled up at the same time’
arrive, come, turn up, appear, make in an appearance, put in an appearance, show one's faceView synonyms
- ‘The bus rolls up to the porticoed entrance, literally bypassing the parking and traffic problems that the foundation's neighbors have been suing about.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1in 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’
- ‘He was just ringing a bell, shouting ‘Roll up, roll up to the Big Top.’’
- ‘Roll up, roll up, its the greatest show on earth!’
- ‘Rather, we are bidden, in the prologue, to roll up and be entertained, to ‘come to the cabaret’, or, more properly, the circus, with its acrobatic performances, and its parade of exotic animals.’
- ‘Roll up, roll up: the circus is coming to town.’
- ‘Roll up, roll up and see the freak show.’
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