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roll top

noun
1.
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.
2.
Also called roll-top desk, rolltop desk. a desk with such a cover.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism
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Encyclopedia Article for rolltop desk

desk with a sliding roll top, or tambour, that encloses the working surface of the upper part and can be locked. The portion of the desk that gives the form its name is constructed of narrow slats of wood glued to some flexible material, the slats running along slides or grooves fitted into the upper edges of the desk.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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