Rouler Expressions

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French expressions with rouler
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The French verb rouler literally means “to roll” and is used in many idiomatic expressions, including we made good time, it’s hilarious, and how’s life? Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring rouler.

Rouler translations

  • to roll
  • to roll out
  • to roll up
  • to drive
  • to go along (e.g., in a train, car)
  • to wind up (yarn)
  • to wheel (along)


  • to con
  • to knock about

Rouler proverb

Pierre qui roule n’amasse pas mousse.   A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Rouler expressions

rouler à 110 km à l’heure   to go 110 km per hour
rouler à droite   to drive on the right
rouler à gauche   to drive on the left
rouler à vive allure   to race along
rouler au pas   to go at a snail’s pace, to crawl along
rouler une cigarette   to roll a cigarette
rouler dans la farine (informal)   to swindle, dupe
rouler les hanches   to wiggle one’s hips
rouler des mécaniques (familiar)   to swagger
rouler la pâte   to roll out crust, dough
rouler un patin à quelqu’un (familiar)   to French kiss someone
rouler une pelle à qqun (familiar)   to French kiss someone
rouler pour quelqu’un (informal)   to work for someone
rouler une poussette   to push a baby carriage
rouler les R   to roll one’s Rs
rouler sa bosse (informal)   to see the world, to knock around
rouler ses manches (jusqu’au coude)   to roll up one’s sleeves (to the elbow)
rouler sous la table    to be drunk
rouler sous les coups   to roll with the punches
rouler sur l’or (informal)   to be rolling in money, very rich
rouler sur un sujet   to center on a topic (of conversation)
rouler un tapis   to roll up a rug
rouler une voiture   to drive a car
se faire rouler (dans la farine) (informal)   to get swindled, to be had
se rouler dans une couverture   to wrap oneself in a blanket
se rouler en boule   to roll oneself into a ball
se rouler les pouces
se les rouler
(informal)   to twiddle one’s thumbs
se rouler par terre de rire   to roll on the ground laughing
Ça roule ? (familiar)   How’s life? How’s it going?
C’est à se rouler (par terre) !   It’s hilarious! It’s a riot!
Il a pas mal roulé. (informal)   He’s been around.
Laissez les bons temps rouler !   Let the good times roll!
On a bien roulé. (informal)   We made good time.
une roulade   trill, rolled meat, roll
roulant (adj)   rolling, on wheels, moving, fast, hilarious
un rouleau   roll, roller
le roulement   rotation, movement
un roulement (à billes)   (ball) bearing
une roulette
le patin à roulettes
roller skate
un rouleur   flat racer (bicycle)
une roulotte   caravan, trailer

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