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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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  • William Clark himself arose and strolled to his own blanket-roll, spread it out, and lay down beneath the sky to sleep.

  • Cumnor walked to his blanket-roll, where his saddle was slung under the shed.

    Red Men and White Owen Wister
  • His ungainly pack and blanket-roll he carried on his shoulder like a cross.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • "Put my blanket-roll under my head, Nell, me son," he said gently.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • If you have forgotten a few items, tie the things to the bottom of the blanket-roll and let them hang like tassels.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • "Very likely," said Shorty, helping Pete Skidmore on with his blanket-roll.

  • The weather was too hot to carry fresh meat far in a blanket-roll.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • It was about this time that the most of the boys adopted the "blanket-roll" system.

  • Cheyenne pulled off his boots, stretched out on the blanket-roll, and sighed comfortably.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Each rider was obliged to pack a blanket-roll and certain personal articles.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson
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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