One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Drive the flank of an enemy line back and round so that the line is shortened or surrounded.
- ‘We had arrived in a great position to roll them up from the flank.’
- ‘The most dangerous situation is to be drawn deep in among buildings where the enemy can ambush the attack and roll it up.’
- ‘Unable to roll the line up, Rommel needed to break through it to get supplies to his armour, fighting hard to its east.’
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