What does on a roll mean?


Idiom Meaning:

experiencing prolonged success or good luck


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Out of Time (2003)

Time of Scene: 01:00:20

Matt Lee Whitlock: Are you out of your mind? I’m not telling Alex. I mean, look what they’ve got on me. Motive. Ann Merai names me beneficiary on her insurance policy, and I was having an affair with her. Opportunity. An eyewitness saw me outside their house the night it blew up. You want to hear some more?

Chae: Alibi?

Matt Lee Whitlock: Home, by myself.

Chae: So, that good? Well, at least you changed your cell phone number.

Matt Lee Whitlock:Yeah, I’m lucky. I mean, even if Alex wanted to believe me, there’s so much evidence against me, she’d have to turn me in.

Chae: Yeah, you’re right. You’re right. Anyway, that’d probably kill any chance of getting back together with her.

Matt Lee Whitlock:Yeah, you’re probably… what?

Chae: Well, I’m saying, she walks out here right now, she says “Let’s call the divorce off. Let’s get back together.”

Matt Lee Whitlock:Man, what are you talking about?

Chae: I’m just saying.

Matt Lee Whitlock:I’m looking… I’m looking at murder charges, and…

Chae: You know, I’m just saying, the gal’s a peach. I don’t know what you were thinking in the first place. Never mind. Forget it. Can I do anything?

Matt Lee Whitlock: You don’t think obstruction of justice is enough?

Chae: I’m on a roll.


Battlestar Galactica “Sine Qua Non” (2008)

Time of Scene: 00:26:10

Romo Lampkin: One of the less ennobling consequences of a legal culture. No one wants responsibility. Lee said you once gave him something before a mission. A lighter, was it?

Admiral William Adama: Belonged to my father. Foolish to think a hunk of metal could keep him safe.

Romo Lampkin: And yet, that’s what we do, isn’t it? Hang on to hope, in every hopelessly irrational way that we can. But not like those poor bastards, giving away their luck, just when they need it most. It’s like they’ve given up.

Admiral William Adama: If you never been in combat, you have no idea what they’re thinking.

Romo Lampkin: I always imagined you a realist, Admiral, not one to indulge a vain hope at the cost of lives. But then, everyone has his limits. “Sine qua non”, as they say.

Admiral William Adama: “Without which not.”

Romo Lampkin: Yes. Those things we deem essential, without which we cannot bear living, without which life in general loses its specific value… becomes abstract.

Admiral William Adama: You may have a point, Counselor.

Romo Lampkin: And while I’m on a roll, Tom Zarek may not be an ideal president, but we could do worse.

Admiral William Adama: You’re right. There are limits to my realism. Goodbye, Counselor.


Freeman’s Mind “Episode 4” (2008)

Time of Scene: n/a

Dr. Gordon Freeman: No, no, no, no, no, no, no! Huh? Ah! Ahaha! Ha! I’m not in Crazy Land anymore! Man, that was weirder than the time I was awake for four days straight and thought my house was being invaded by frog people. And the door’s open now! Man, I’m on a roll! Murphy’s Law can suck it! Oh, hell. Is that guy dead? Damn it, I’m a doctor, not a… normal doctor! I wonder if he was trying to open the door for me. I’d feel like an asshole then. What am I saying? They’re the ones who locked me into this tomb to begin with! If they’re not dead already, they’re on the list!


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