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roll top

a flexible, sliding cover for the working area of a desk, opening by rising upward and back in quadrantal grooves and rolling up beneath the top.
Also called roll-top desk, rolltop desk. a desk with such a cover.
Origin of roll top
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Noll closed the door, after which both boys advanced to the roll-top desk behind which the lieutenant sat.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • A man was seated in a swivel chair before the roll-top desk.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • The roll-top desk, the chairs, and even the lamp-shades, would have been to him familiar friends.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • Over the roll-top desk was the only electric light that was switched on.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • Conlon leaned over the shelf of the roll-top desk, and pressed upon a paper-weight with his knobby thumb.

    Double Trouble Herbert Quick
  • There was a roll-top desk in the room, and a map, yellow with age, hanging on the wall.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • I think a roll-top desk is an invention of the devil to induce lazy people to shove work into pigeon holes instead of doing it!

  • Next he noticed a bewhiskered, youthful-looking man, sitting at a roll-top desk, who regarded him curiously.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • They were in Henry's study, seated almost side by side at Henry's great American roll-top desk.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • The room was cheaply furnished as an office, with a roll-top desk, a revolving chair, and a filing cabinet.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for roll-top desk

roll-top desk

a desk having a slatted wooden panel that can be pulled down over the writing surface when not in use Also called roll-top
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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