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Such is said to have been the origin of roller printing on calico.

She swung sideways on a roller, and gesticulated with her jib-boom from port to starboard.

He was named in meeting; the name tossed from roller to roller.

A roller broke over the boat, and left a foot of water in the bottom.

The cloth is dyed by means of passing over a roller into a dye vat.

From there he leaped to the top of the roller towel, but horrors!

Vi and Sadie had not even time to kick off their roller skates.

Maurice and Neal lifted her stern on to a roller and dragged her towards the sea.

They seized her by the gunwale, raised her and laid her keel on a roller.

The roller passed on, leaving him still firmly clutching the wreck.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "thing that rolls;" early 15c., "rolling pin," agent noun from roll (v.). Meaning "hair-curler" is attested from 1795. Roller derby is from 1936 (see derby); roller hockey from 1926. Disparaging religious term holy roller is attested from 1842, American English, from the alleged rolling in the church aisles done by those in the Spirit.

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