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blanket roll

a blanket or sleeping bag rolled into a cylindrical pack for easy carrying and outdoor use by hikers, soldiers, cowboys, etc., often with cooking utensils, food, and personal articles carried inside.
a method of cheating at craps whereby the dice are thrown on a blanket, rug, or other soft surface so that they roll only in a forward direction, making it impossible for the four side numbers to appear face up.
Origin of blanket roll
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Each came with his blanket roll neatly tied with a cord or strap.

    The Land of Lure Elliott Smith
  • "No, nothing like that—" said Boylan, as Mowbray sank to the floor by his blanket roll.

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
  • Have you ever made a blanket roll, put it across your shoulder, hiked through the woods or over the hills for a sleep in the open?

  • Constance abandoned the skillet and returned to the blanket roll.

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
  • A blanket roll weighs heavy after you have carried it a few miles.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • His blanket roll containing his grub, with frying-pan and tea-pail attached, lay at his feet; his rifle beside it.

  • His blanket roll and a fry-pan and tin cup were laid ready in front of his closed cabin.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • Then she wavered and went, and he found himself standing beside his blanket roll.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • With his free hand he tore away the blanket roll she had tied to her back and threw it into the snow.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • I dont supose you ever tried to make a blanket roll in the pitch dark an six inches of mud.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
Contemporary definitions for blanket roll

a covering or sleeping bag that can be made into a cylindrical roll for ease of carrying or storage; bedroll's 21st Century Lexicon
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