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[sop] /sɒp/
a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.
anything thoroughly soaked.
something given to pacify or quiet, or as a bribe:
The political boss gave him some cash as a sop.
a weak-willed or spineless person; milksop.
verb (used with object), sopped, sopping.
to dip or soak in liquid food:
to sop bread in gravy.
to drench.
to take up (liquid) by absorption (usually followed by up):
He used bread to sop up the gravy.
verb (used without object), sopped, sopping.
to be or become soaking wet.
(of a liquid) to soak (usually followed by in).
Origin of sop
before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English sopp; cognate with Old Norse soppa; (v.) Old English soppian, derivative of the noun (not recorded in ME). See sup2
3. tip, gratuity, payoff. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sop up
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  • I remember one of them used a slice of bread to sop up blood like gravy.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • She flung a towel down to sop up the tiny flood, and saw it swiftly crimson before her eyes.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • And it's surprising ain't it, what a lot of information you can sop up when you do the sponge act in earnest?

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Like sponges they sop up the limited quantity of selling chances they happen to get.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • But he set to work slapping the fringe of the noisome mop back and forth to sop up what he could.

    Star Hunter Andre Alice Norton
  • He did that too, and loaned her his neck handkerchief to sop up the last of the wet.

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for sop up

sop up

(transitive, adverb) to mop or take up (spilt water, etc) with or as if with a sponge


(often pl) food soaked in a liquid before being eaten
a concession, bribe, etc, given to placate or mollify: a sop to one's feelings
(informal) a stupid or weak person
verb sops, sopping, sopped
(transitive) to dip or soak (food) in liquid
when intr, often foll by in. to soak or be soaked
See also sop up
Word Origin
Old English sopp; related to Old Norse soppasoup, Old High German sopfa milk with bread; see sup²


standard operating procedure
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Word Origin and History for sop up



Old English sopp- "bread soaked in some liquid," (in soppcuppe "cup into which sops are put"), from Proto-Germanic *supp-, related to Old English verb suppan (see sup (v.2)), probably reinforced by Old French soupe (see soup (n.)). Meaning "something given to appease" is from 1660s, a reference to the sops given by the Sibyl to Cerberus in the "Aeneid."


Old English soppian, from the source of sop (n.). Related: Sopped; sopping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sop up



The way things are properly and usually done: The SOP here is that you ask the chairman first

[WWII armed forces; fr standard operating procedure]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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standard operating procedure
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sop up in the Bible

a morsel of bread (John 13:26; comp. Ruth 2:14). Our Lord took a piece of unleavened bread, and dipping it into the broth of bitter herbs at the Paschal meal, gave it to Judas. (Comp. Ruth 2:14.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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