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[bangk-rohl] /ˈbæŋkˌroʊl/
money in one's possession; monetary resources.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to finance; provide funds for:
to bankroll a new play.
Origin of bankroll
1885-90; bank2 + roll
Related forms
bankroller, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bankroll
  • Artists used to need the labels to bankroll their recordings.
  • And the company is backing the product with a fat bankroll.
  • The feds are still going to bankroll conventional roads and highways and so forth.
  • It's easy to dismiss people who would bankroll these projects as profligate spend-alls.
  • Investors usually expect to bankroll several missions before getting a return on their investment.
  • All they see are the dollar signs on his bankroll, and the action he's willing to put down at the tables.
  • Migrants who fled oppressive governments, for example, can hardly be expected to bankroll the regimes that drove them away.
  • The regimes that bankroll sovereign-wealth funds are often authoritarian and sometimes downright dangerous.
  • Western governments which bankroll it do not seem unduly worried.
  • Individual donors are unlikely to bankroll despots for strategic reasons, as governments do.
British Dictionary definitions for bankroll


a roll of currency notes
the financial resources of a person, organization, etc
(transitive) (slang) to provide the capital for; finance
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Word Origin and History for bankroll

"roll of bank notes," 1887, from bank (n.1) + roll (n.). The verb is attested from 1928. Related: Bankrolled; bankrolling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bankroll



To finance; put up the money for, esp for a theatrical production; angel: Whoever bankrolled this turkey will go broke (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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