on a roll

on a roll

Meaning | Synonyms

  • making a lot of progress
  • having a lot of success
  • having a long period of success or good fortune
  • enjoying or taking advantage of good luck

Example Sentences

  1. Our team has won eleven out of our twelve matches this season. We are on a roll.
  2. I am going to bet on the hockey tonight. Our team has been on a roll this season.
  3. I don’t want to go out tonight. I am on a roll with my latest paper and don’t want to lose momentum.
  4. The stock market is on a roll at the moment. You need to invest before it turns.
  5. Their party is on a roll this year. I think they are going to win the election.


The phrase dates back to the time when gambling was a common occurrence. When someone kept rolling the dice it meant that they were winning. It is derived from the idea that when something starts rolling it will continue to do so if there is no outside force that stops it. The phrase was used to describe a prolonged winning streak.

Sources state that the phrase as we use it today dates back to the 1970s. It was first used in U.S politics.

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