mop up

mop up
verb Date: circa 1811 transitive verb 1. British to consume eagerly 2. to gather as if by absorbing; also garner <
mopped up all the awards
3. to overcome decisively ; trounce 4. to clear (an area) of remaining pockets of resistance in the wake of a military offensive intransitive verb to complete a project, transaction, or task

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • mop-up — /mop up /, n. the act, process, or an instance of mopping up; completion of an operation or action. [1895 1900; n. use of v. phrase mop up] * * * …   Universalium

  • mop up — (someone) to defeat someone. The vice president mopped up his opponent in a televised debate. Everyone says he s a great fighter, but Ali could have mopped him up in a second …   New idioms dictionary

  • mop-up — [mäp′up΄] n. a clearing out or rounding up of scattered remnants of beaten enemy forces in an area …   English World dictionary

  • mop-up — mop′ up n. the act or process of mopping up; completion of an operation or action • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • mop up — I noun a concluding action • Syn: ↑completion, ↑culmination, ↑closing, ↑windup • Derivationally related forms: ↑wind up (for: ↑windup …   Useful english dictionary

  • mop-up — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: mop up : an act of concluding or final disposal : cleanup: as a. : the clearance of enemy stragglers from a captured area by troops assigned to the task …   Useful english dictionary

  • mop up — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms mop up : present tense I/you/we/they mop up he/she/it mops up present participle mopping up past tense mopped up past participle mopped up 1) same as mop II, 3) He mopped up the milk with a tissue …   English dictionary

  • mop up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you mop up a liquid, you clean it with a cloth so that the liquid is absorbed. [V P n (not pron)] A waiter mopped up the mess as best he could... [V n P] When the washing machine spurts out water at least we can mop it up... [V …   English dictionary

  • mop up — verb a) To clean up with a mop; especially to clean up a spill or mess. Please mop up the spilled milk. b) To fix problems; to correct or repair. After they argued, it fell to me to talk to her and try to mop up …   Wiktionary

  • mop up — correct mistakes, clean up a mess left by others    The manager told us he would not mop up after us. We have to fix our own mistakes …   English idioms

  • mop up — {v. phr.} To disperse or liquidate isolated groups or detachments of opposing forces. * /Our forces won the basic battle but there still remain pockets of resistance they must mop up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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