When the army rolled in the resistance melted.

  • "Rolled" could be a metaphor for 'came in force, perhaps unimpeded.' OR it could refer to coming in trucks, tanks, etc. actual 'rolling' on wheels. "Melted" means 'gave way, did not resist, faded out.'

    R-H Unabr: melt
    1. to pass, dwindle, or fade gradually (often fol. by away):His fortune slowly melted away.
    For this case, delete 'gradually'. Notice the example says 'slowly'; hence melting need NOT be slow.
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    Yes, it's impossible to distinguish the figurative and literally meaings in an example like this. Armies roll on wheels and in force.