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 for To roll about
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Roll \Roll\, v. i.
     1. To move, as a curved object may, along a surface by
        rotation without sliding; to revolve upon an axis; to turn
        over and over; as, a ball or wheel rolls on the earth; a
        body rolls on an inclined plane.
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              And her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical
              stone, which rolls, and rolls, and rolls. --Shak.
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     2. To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the
        street. "The rolling chair." --Dryden.
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     3. To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the
        cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
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     4. To fall or tumble; -- with over; as, a stream rolls over a
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     5. To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with
        a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
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     6. To turn; to move circularly.
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              And his red eyeballs roll with living fire.
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     7. To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and
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              What different sorrows did within thee roll.
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     8. To incline first to one side, then to the other; to rock;
        as, there is a great difference in ships about rolling; in
        a general semse, to be tossed about.
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              Twice ten tempestuous nights I rolled. --Pope.
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     9. To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to
        wallow; as, a horse rolls.
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     10. To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste
         rolls well.
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     11. To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can
         scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
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     12. To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder
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     To roll about, to gad abroad. [Obs.]
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              Man shall not suffer his wife go roll about.
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