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In Macmillan dictionary, 3rd meaning of roll up:

  1. [TRANSITIVE] if you roll a car window up, you turn a handle or push a button so that the window goes up

I've learned 'roll up' below:

Old cars system are not automatic. If I raise an old car window, I have to roll or turn the handle of the car. Recently new cars are automatic. If I raise a new car window, I push the button. So I understand why 'roll up a window' is 'raised a window'.

Like this, is there any book about origins of phrasal verbs' meaning?

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Etymological dictionaries will cover phrasal verbs. –  Matt Эллен Jan 29 '13 at 11:28
Questions on resources are consider to be off-topic on this site. Check [this question on meta] for a list of references that are recommended. Dead-tree editions are also available for many of them. –  coleopterist Jan 29 '13 at 12:54
There are special dictionaries of Phrasal Verbs. Though most of them don't say anything about "origins", whatever that might mean. What historical account is being requested here? –  John Lawler Jan 29 '13 at 18:05

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There is not a perfect one out there yet because they continually miscategorize particular phrasal verbs and idioms, and the whole world of phrasal forms is in perpetual flux. Such lexical items as "be down with" as in "He's down with her" are popping up all the time. There are some good online ones, though. But these typically just give a small smattering of examples.

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