On A Roll

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It's rare when we have them, but they are lovely - those times where everything goes right, one thing after another, and we are said to be on a roll.

So what is the origin of this phrase and what does it mean?

Well, the following:

This comes from the games that use dice and rely on you getting given good rolls in order to do well - if the dice comes up with the numbers you predicted, then you were on a roll - the more rolls that when in your favour the more luck you had.

And thus it moved over from gaming parlance into the general consciousness, and being on a roll is synonymous with consistent good fortune.

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