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Does this fit the definition of "being on a roll"?

Asked by john65pennington (29080 points ) January 23rd, 2011

I was working a part-time job, guarding a construction site, where new houses were being built. This was on a Sunday morning and I knew this was going to be a long day. My post was in a construction trailer, located on the construction property. Earlier, I had purchased a Sunday newspaper to read at the site. I was pretty comfortable in the trailer. I located a chair that had wheels on it and stretched back to catch up on the news. I was just about to read the comics, when the chair i was sitting in, began to roll slowly back to the other end of the trailer. My first thought that someone was stealing the trailer and i am about to be kidnapped. I recover from the roll, grab my shotgun, jump out of the trailer…...but, no one, no vehicle was in sight. What the heck? The second rumble gave me a better clue…...EARTHQUAKE. Question: did this rolling chair qualify as a “roll”? And, yes I did have to use Johnny On The Spot right then.

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marinelife's avatar

Not exactly, but that is a funny story.

PhiNotPi's avatar

No, it doesn’t. “On a roll” is an idiom meaning “experiencing a period of success or good luck”. Here is its entry on an online dictionary.

Or, you could take the idiom literally, as in when you are physically on a roll, although this is not what is usually meant.

Ron_C's avatar

I think it would have been funnier if someone was actually stealing the trailer. Just imagine their surprise when they opened the door to check out their prize!

By the way, did the land under the trailer tilt? That would be even more frightening and isn’t a good omen for new construction.

Austinlad's avatar

“Quaking in your boots” might be a more apt description.

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