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Back-formation from logrolling.


logroll (third-person singular simple present logrolls, present participle logrolling, simple past and past participle logrolled)

  1. (intransitive) To exchange political favours.
  2. (transitive) To combine legislative items, either or both of which might fail on its own, into a single bill that is more likely to pass.
    Republicans defeated Democratic efforts to logroll hate crimes legislation into the defense appropriations bill.
  3. To roll a log in a body of water, while balancing on it; to birl.
    • 2002 May 31, Jeffrey Felshman, “Calendar”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      The competitors come from as far away as New Zealand and Spain to the Lumberjack Bowl in Hayward--formerly a holding pond for Weyerhauser's North Wisconsin Logging Company--to pole climb, speed saw, logroll, and chop with all their might.
  4. To move like rolling logs.
    • 1999 January 22, Laura Molzahn, “Chicago's Next Dance Festival”, in Chicago Reader[2]:
      Her dancers may logroll over each other or curl up together, but they never get personal.
  5. (transitive) To safely move (a body) in an emergency (medical) situation, tilting them up, then laying them on a transport surface.

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logroll (plural logrolls)

  1. (emergency medicine) A method of moving a patient, rolling them onto their side, and later onto a transport method such as a tarp, spineboard, or stretcher.