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.
"Domn thee, thou's spoilt my necktie," said he, mopping up the water from his breast.
Have either of you any orders for me concerning the mopping up?
Marcella seemed to be spending all the night mopping up water.
From the 10th to the 19th of May was spent in marching through the Philippolis district, mopping up Boers, horses, and stock.
They would have a good start on Candar while he was engaged in mopping up the Darzent fleet.
I robbed them of their whiteness that night by mopping up a lot of mud with them behind the gymnasium.
The cold tea was in whiskey bottles, so Bertie did not know it was cold tea they were mopping up.
Charlie was at the wheel and Breck was mopping up the slime that the anchor chain had made on deck.
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'']