Typical Post-y puns decried how custodians were “mopping up” and “cleaning us out.”
There was some mopping up to do, particularly to convince waverers in the Jewish community.
Irizarry spent the morning mopping the floors—“it still smells like fish everywhere,” she said—and taking stock.
She would gladly have been converted to Vida's satisfaction in Gopher Prairie and mopping the floor.
Paul dropped it when he was mopping the blood from his face.
"Much you know about such things," exclaimed John Bell, mopping his face with a red bandana.
But instead of mopping it straight off like a fool I displayed it with pride.
Cried frankly, openly, mopping away tears with a whole-hearted pocket-handkerchief, and cried more to mop away.
"I believe that more than I used to," said Sawyer, mopping his perspiring face.
But Edith, having discovered her handkerchief, was mopping very flushed cheeks and mumbling on about her own woes.
late 15c., mappe "bundle of yarn, etc., fastened to the end of a stick for cleaning or spreading pitch on a ship's decks," from Walloon (French) mappe "napkin," from Latin mappa "napkin" (see map (n.)). Modern spelling by 1660s. Of hair, from 1847.
1709, from mop (n.). Related: Mopped; mopping.
[1944+ Black; probably from the notion of mopping or cleaning up, influenced by earlier jazz use ''the last beat at the end of a jazz number'']