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Mop up   /mɑp əp/   Listen
Mop up

To wash or wipe with or as if with a mop.  Synonyms: mop, wipe up.  "He mopped her forehead with a towel"
Defeat thoroughly.  Synonyms: pip, rack up, whip, worst.
Finish a task completely.  Synonyms: clear up, finish off, finish up, get through, polish off, wrap up.

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"Mop up" Quotes from Famous Books

... once flew up, covering the Colonel's face and shirt-front. Then it was a sight to see that senior clerk, as he seized a quite of blotting-paper, and rushed to the aid of his superior officer, striving to mop up the ink; and a sight also to see the Colonel, in his agony, hit right out through the blotting-paper at that senior clerk's unoffending stomach. At that moment there came in the Colonel's private secretary, ...
— Autobiography of Anthony Trollope • Anthony Trollope

... His own shot would be the signal, and he didn't want the men to fire too quickly. If the islanders were hit too soon, they might fall back into the woods and set up a siege, which the little company couldn't stand. Better to mop up the ...
— Despoilers of the Golden Empire • Gordon Randall Garrett

... Farm where he was to dig a strong point in front of the front-line when the Gravenstafel Ridge was reached. Two of my sections were detached: Corporal Livesey took his bombers with Brogden's platoon to mop up a dug-out beyond Wurst Farm, and Lance-Corporal Heap was sent with his rifle grenadiers to 15 Platoon. On my left was a platoon, commanded by Sergeant Whalley, of the 1/6th Cheshires. They belonged to the 118th Brigade of the 39th Division of Maxse's ...
— At Ypres with Best-Dunkley • Thomas Hope Floyd

... tall Gamble. Under the Circumstances, he didn't see that there was anything for Ferdinand to do except mop up a few Drinks and hope ...
— Ade's Fables • George Ade

... the tall one. "I'll stand in one spot and drip, and then you can mop up afterwards. ...
— Odd Numbers - Being Further Chronicles of Shorty McCabe • Sewell Ford

... barking his chin, but no howl came from him, and he picked himself up with dignity, merely asking for the loan of a handkerchief, his own "useful little hanky," as he explained, having been used to mop up a ...
— Penny Plain • Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)

Words linked to "Mop up" :   follow-through, swab, beat, soak up, take in, ending, graduation, consummation, vanquish, termination, finalization, suck, suck up, polish off, draw, shell, take up, completion, sponge, beat out, trounce, sop up, finishing, finalisation, cap off, crush, complete, absorb, swob, finish, imbibe, conclusion

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