On a Roll

Meaning of Idiom ‘On a Roll’

To be on a roll means to be engaged in a series of successes; to be winning consistently; to be experiencing a period of success or good fortune. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.


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Examples Of Use

“Don’t you think you’ve gambled enough tonight?” asked Sharon. “I can’t stop now, I’m on a roll,” said Drake.

“After winning three games, the team was on a roll.”

“I am on a roll!” said the salesman. “I sold three cars today.”

“During my mid-twenties, I felt like I was on a roll. I had a great job, a new wife and I bought my first house. Then it all fell apart.”

Origin

Used since the second half of the 1900s, this idiom probably alludes to the momentum of a rolling object. See full origin of on a roll expression.

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1, 2. Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.