mop-up

[ mop-uhp ]
/ ˈmɒpˌʌp /
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noun

the act, process, or an instance of mopping up; completion of an operation or action.

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Origin of mop-up

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase mop up
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British Dictionary definitions for mop-up

mop up

verb (tr, adverb)

to clean with a mop
informal to complete (a task, etc)
military to clear (remaining enemy forces) after a battle, as by killing, taking prisoner, etc

noun mop-up

the act or an instance of mopping up
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Idioms and Phrases with mop-up

mop up

1

Clear an area of remaining enemy troops after a victory, as in They left behind just one squadron to mop up. [c. 1900]

2

Perform the minor tasks that conclude a project or activity, as in Go ahead, I'll mop up these last invoices. [First half of 1900s] Both usages transfer the task of housecleaning with a mop to other kinds of cleanup.

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