Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A reduction, especially in prices or wages, to a previous lower level by governmental action or direction.
  • noun A turning back or retreat, as from a previously held position or policy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb nonstandard To roll back.
  • noun A return to a prior state.
  • noun A withdrawal of military forces.
  • noun computing An operation which returns a database, or group of records in a database, to a previous state (normally to the previous commit point).
  • noun An event caused by a roller coaster failing to reach the top of a hill.
  • noun informal a form of flatbed truck adapted or designed specifically as a tow truck or for transporting other vehicles

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw
  • noun reducing prices back to some earlier level

Etymologies

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roll + back

Examples

  • Biden will get ripped up and down for his calling the rollback of the Bush tax cuts for the rich as "patriotic".

    Election Central Morning Roundup

  • The case for a tax rate reduction, or millage rollback, is a no-brainer.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • "States of emergency" turn into excuses for the long-term rollback of democratic freedoms and civil liberties.

    Intersections

  • It remains to be seen whether the recent power shift will trigger a long-term rollback of the perks and policies that firms have adopted in recent years in order to make life a little easier on young attorneys.

    Law.com - Newswire

  • And with the advent of that sea-change at the head of the GOP, accommodation was out and "rollback" -- i.e., the goal of undermining the USSR -- was in.

    ChronWatch - Articles

  • After this year’s property tax fiasco (ridiculous assessment increases), and the resulting increase in revenues that actually exceeded projections, I would think that a tax rollback is something the voters in Albemarle County would expect, and any Supervisors who oppose it do so clearly at their own political risk.

    Supervisors hearing footsteps? at cvillenews.com

  • Yes, the legislation can be fairly described as a rollback of NCLB -- which is precisely what vast swaths of Americans have been demanding as the shortcomings of that mega-measure become more evident, its excesses become more painful, and its remedies prove themselves ineffectual.

    Michael J. Petrilli: Republicans for Education Reform

  • Yes, the legislation can be fairly described as a rollback of NCLB -- which is precisely what vast swaths of Americans have been demanding as the shortcomings of that mega-measure become more evident, its excesses become more painful, and its remedies prove themselves ineffectual.

    Michael J. Petrilli: Republicans for Education Reform

  • He refused, on the grounds that the rollback was a fiscal issue -- which has today been revealed to be bogus.

    GOP's shenanigans in Wisconsin ensure the fight will only escalate

  • The rollback is the first big event in the cycle leading up to launch, so it means liftoff is not far away!

    RSS Rollback: Watch Endeavour Appear Before Your Eyes | Universe Today

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