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sop

[sop] /sɒp/
noun
1.
a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.
2.
anything thoroughly soaked.
3.
something given to pacify or quiet, or as a bribe:
The political boss gave him some cash as a sop.
4.
a weak-willed or spineless person; milksop.
verb (used with object), sopped, sopping.
5.
to dip or soak in liquid food:
to sop bread in gravy.
6.
to drench.
7.
to take up (liquid) by absorption (usually followed by up):
He used bread to sop up the gravy.
verb (used without object), sopped, sopping.
8.
to be or become soaking wet.
9.
(of a liquid) to soak (usually followed by in).
Origin of sop
1000
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
Synonyms
3. tip, gratuity, payoff.

SOP

or S.O.P

1.
Standard Operating Procedure; Standing Operating Procedure.

sop.

1.
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  • Time was when you all pulled the one way, and a sop to the Pope pleased you all.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Judas that he was, he took her sop, and then sold her for thirty pieces of silver.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • This man—this alleged brother, threw him a sop, insulted him by offering him charity.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • That was one sop to conscience when I remembered that she was a wife.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • To-morrow he will be throwing some sop of reform to the people, and it will be too late for a Republic.

    Vera Oscar Wilde
  • The sop must not scorch, but the seasoning must be cooked through it.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South

    Martha McCulloch Williams
British Dictionary definitions for sop

sop

/sɒp/
noun
1.
(often pl) food soaked in a liquid before being eaten
2.
a concession, bribe, etc, given to placate or mollify: a sop to one's feelings
3.
(informal) a stupid or weak person
verb sops, sopping, sopped
4.
(transitive) to dip or soak (food) in liquid
5.
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

SOP

abbreviation
1.
standard operating procedure

sop.

abbreviation
1.
soprano
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Word Origin and History for sop
n.

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."

v.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for sop

SOP

noun

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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