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  • n. Alternative spelling of roller skate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A skate mounted on small wheels or rollers, instead of the usual iron or steel runner, and used for skating upon asphalt or some other smooth surface. Also called parlor-skate.


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  • Despite political corruption, all the money in the world couldn't bribe Congress to pass a law requiring people to roller-skate to work; legislation always requires some non-laughable justification.

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  • This social subtext explains why, when he discusses "Shall We Dance" 1937, the scene he chooses is not the title number or the famous roller-skate dance to "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."

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  • Raspa leaned into the turns, causing her rubber roller-skate wheels to shriek.

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  • "Through the negligence of BP we now find ourselves trying to roller-skate up a mountain," she said.

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  • He tries to roller-skate away from home but, sobbing, loses control and crashes through a bakery's plate-glass window and is badly cut.

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  • Or there were the heel-wheels: a pair of roller-skate wheels you were supposed to clip onto the heels of your shoes.

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  • The protesters went somewhere better, probably to shoot an abortion doctor at the Planned Parenthood down the street, and the local network found a more interesting story to cover, like some guy on the north side who taught his cat how to roller-skate.


  • During that Christmas at Little MacDonald Island, Jack had given her a pair of Heelys “roller sneakers”—they looked like regular sneakers, only each shoe had a roller-skate wheel in the heel, allowing you to roll down hills.


  • You could have sabotaged the oven and asked her to bake you a pie, or you could have left a roller-skate at the top of the stairs.

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  • The basement was unfinished, with tile floors and enough room for us to roller-skate, play ping-pong, and construct any number of life-threatening fire hazards to play with.

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