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Hi,

I heard the verb "roll over" used in this sentence:

You don't know these guys. I roll over on them, they'll kill me

Does it mean "to betray" ?

Is this verb with this meaning in common use

Thanks !
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Sounds like it, but without more context, I cannot be sure.
MrPernicketyYou don't know these guys. I roll over on them, they'll kill me

Does it mean "to betray" ?

Is this verb with this meaning in common use
That's my take on it. Yes. Like "squeal on". That verb is not at all in common use among ordinary people going about their usual daily activities. It's more like "street slang". I don't know what else to call it.

CJ
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Thanks, MM and Jim, for the heads up on its meaning and use. I'll be leery of that expression Emotion: smile

It seemed strange at first that no dictionary lists that verb with that meaning, and this prompted me to ask. Now I see that ordinary people do not have it in their vocabularies.
MrPernicketyDoes it mean "to betray" ?

Is this verb with this meaning in common use
It's used mainly on television and in movies. I don't think I've ever heard it in real life. Any fan of police dramas or related stories will be very familiar with the term.
Hi,

Another TV/move term is 'I ratted him out', ie I told the cops about his illegal actibvities.

Again, ordinary people don't say this.

Clive
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you have it right (to roll over on) can mean (to betary)but more specificaly it usually means to go to the police about someone doing something illegal . it`s not very common and mostly used in conversation by mobster. so ( if i roll over on them, they will kill me)would mean the ame as ( if i tell the police what they are doing , they will kill me .
Hi,

Note this.

If Person A rolls over on Person B, it usually means that A and B were both involved in the crime.

In other words, if you simply see someone rob a bank and then you call the police, you are not 'rolling over' on the bank robber.

Clive
hey clive, my friend is an american and he is told me this !
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