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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
  • On the roll-top of his desk he kept a letter spread out in front of him.

    Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
  • The roll-top desk, the chairs, and even the lamp-shades, would have been to him familiar friends.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • A man was seated in a swivel chair before the roll-top desk.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • Conlon leaned over the shelf of the roll-top desk, and pressed upon a paper-weight with his knobby thumb.

    Double Trouble Herbert Quick
  • Over the roll-top desk was the only electric light that was switched on.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • Against the walls at either end of the room and next the windows were two roll-top desks at which sat Mr. Orde and his partner.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • 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
  • The rear of the boards is adapted to be enclosed by wooden curtains, similar to those employed in roll-top desks.

  • Uncle Peter aroused him by making his way back to the desk, the roll-top of which he lifted with a sudden rattle.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

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