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[rohl-bak] /ˈroʊlˌbæk/
an act or instance of rolling back.
a return to a lower level of prices, wages, etc., as by government order.
a pulling back or withdrawal:
a rollback of attack forces.
Origin of rollback
1935-40; noun use of verb phrase roll back Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But too aggressive a rollback of the military would likely result in a backlash that could jeopardize gains made this year.
  • The commission recommends a rollback of convenience gambling operations.
  • It is unlikely that the tide of economic progress that has started will rollback.
  • The drive bull-wheel has an emergency brake directly behind the bull-wheel, a service brake, and an anti-rollback device.
  • It is highly likely that additional rollback proposals will be made in the near future.
  • Real estate that no longer qualifies for the land use program is subject to a rollback tax.
Word Origin and History for rollback

also roll-back, "action of rolling backward," 1937; "reduction," 1942, American English, from verbal phrase, from roll (v.) + back (adv.).

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



A reduction, esp of wages or production (1942+)

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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rollback in Technology

Reverting data in a database to an earlier state, usually in response to an error or aborted operation.
In a transaction based database system, transactions are considered atomic. If an error occurs while performing a transaction, the database is automatically rolled back to the state at the previous commit.
Rollback may also be performed by an explicit rollback transaction.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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