Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

roll over

roll over
Meaning(s)
1) submit without a fight or protest
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • roll over and let someone else win
  • Analysis
    This expression relates to giving up or deciding not to keep fighting or moving towards a goal. It it suited to many contexts, such as in sports, where the competitor might decide to 'roll over' and give up (similar to 'throwing in the towel'). However, even in a business context, a company might choose to 'roll over' and stop competing against rival operators.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The other side are not going to simply roll over. So, we need to be willing to play the long game to secure the deal we want from the negotiations.
    2. You need to learn to stand up for yourself instead of rolling over whenever the boss gives you a hard time.
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2) extend a financial arrangement
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • the jackpot will roll over to next week
  • Analysis
     You are most likely to hear this in relation to a lottery jackpot 'rolling over' when it hasn't been won, but in general it refers to financial situations where there is an accumulation of money or payments due.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. As no one won the lottery this week, the jackpot will roll over and added to next week's total.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Since you began working here only a few days before the end of the month, your payment for those days will roll over into next month's pay packet.
    2. The bank gave the struggling business some breathing space by allowing them to roll over their outstanding payment to the following quarter.
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