roll one's own

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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

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