Definition of bankroll in US English:

bankroll

noun

North American
  • 1A roll of paper money.

    • ‘After showing them his gun, he throws them a large bankroll of cash and invites them to come work for him.’
    • ‘All you need is a bankroll of two hundred dollars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All bills from the US Federal Reserve are the same size, so I carefully measured and weighed my $100 bankroll.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Returning to the motel that they share with the twins, Max and Linda steal the strippers' bankroll and head back on the road.’
    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 U.S’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would say based on bankroll and risk-taking personality, you have to decide what you're comfortable with.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The object of the game is to increase your bankroll, although if you run out of money you can always borrow from the house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But private-equity funds, flush with an estimated $200 billion bankroll, could buy such companies without riling the watchdogs.’
      • ‘They're not going to bet the same amount every time, and we look for people who have a large bankroll.’
      • ‘This thin house requires a bankroll that's fairly fat.’
      • ‘My bankroll expired faster than expected, because I found some mint-condition 1893 World's Fair postcards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You may be better off, financially, investing your bankroll and mortgaging the house.’
      • ‘But his win did more than add a seven figure sum to his bankroll.’
      • ‘Alcoa's stock rose by more than 7% during the same period, meaning that O'Neill's bankroll increased by $6 million.’
      • ‘First, players frequently get panicky when they're betting more per than their bankroll really allows.’
      • ‘None of them had the kind of bankroll Seraph had.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘Staff travel is limited to official business and the Commons bankrolls some free travel between the constituency and London for family members.’
    • ‘But while all other presidential contenders have disclosed their lists, the senator has refused to disclose who is bankrolling his campaign.’
    • ‘Grateful gallery-owners and curators would also call it courageous, given the type of work Beck's bankrolls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bars and restaurants along First Avenue can pretty much bankroll their entire operations on weekend nights.’
    • ‘He still unnerves conservatives by helping bankroll 17 drug-reform ballot initiatives - and winning every one.’
    • ‘For years they have enjoyed lives of luxury bankrolled by the illicit gains of their wealthy criminal husbands.’
    • ‘The project includes South African film company Unital Films International, which has helped bankroll several movies.’
    • ‘That helps bankroll research in new niches, such as high-power microwave devices that can defuse explosives by frying their circuits.’
    • ‘On the other hand, does corporate sponsorship bankroll some cool sport/cultural events that would not otherwise occur?’
    • ‘The extent to which the US would help bankroll this option is unclear.’
    • ‘This is unlikely to take the form of bankrolling her campaign.’
    • ‘The party's national organisation, which bankrolled the campaign, could also face financial crisis.’
    • ‘The wealthy president of a Brazilian university is bankrolling an initiative to end Colorado's winner-take-all presidential electoral system.’
    • ‘Unions represent hundreds of thousands of Scots and have long helped bankroll Labour election campaigns.’
    • ‘He spent a significant portion of his fortune bankrolling his campaign to become a New Jersey senator four years ago.’
    • ‘The signing of the memorandum is the final step in bankrolling the project, Velchev said.’
    • ‘I'd slaved over it for months while my husband worked double shifts in a hotel to help bankroll it.’
    • ‘The Liberal Democrats are appealing to liberal Americans to help bankroll their general election campaign.’
    • ‘Campaigners hoping to open a shop by Christmas believe a combination of grants and community support will help bankroll the long-awaited project.’
    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

/ˈbaNGkˌrōl//ˈbæŋkˌroʊl/