roll one's own

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cigarettes, which are available commercially rolled (i.e., with the paper around the substance being smoked) but which some prefer to roll.

Verb[edit]

roll (one's) own (third-person singular simple present rolls his own, present participle rolling his own, simple past and past participle rolled his own)

  1. (computing, informal) To create something of which an analogue is commercially available.
    My custom word processor? Yeah, I could have just installed Word or OpenOffice, but I always prefer to roll my own.