Origin of mop-up
How to use mop-up in a sentence
“They believe when this is done they can mop up al Qaeda units,” he said.Al Qaeda Clash With Free Syrian Army a New Stage of Opposition Split|Eli Lake|September 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Back at the hospital, an orderly took advantage of a brief break to spray the floor and mop up blood.As Syria’s Bloody Civil War Rages, Aleppo’s Hospitals Are Under Siege|Toby Muse|October 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The media has made much of the extravagant mop-up and security arrangements ahead of the meeting.Summit of the Americas in Cartagena Will Be a Minefield for Obama|Mac Margolis|April 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Being made to mop up when the bathroom plumbing breaks down at the Edwards house?Andrew Young's Revenge|Tina Brown|January 31, 2010|DAILY BEAST
I'd mop up this stuff about organization and management mighty quick, for that business stuff comes natural to me.Children of the Whirlwind|Leroy Scott
"Me mop up all de water," grinned Ching, looking the coolest person aboard the launch.The Hero of Panama|F. S. Brereton
I'll mop up all the blood spilt with a cambric handkerchief.
I got a light, and proceeded to mop up, as best I could, and then endeavoured to find a dry place to sleep in.A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'|Annie Allnut Brassey
"Congratulations on the mop-up, which I understand was one hundred point oh oh oh percent," the officer said.Man of Many Minds|E. Everett Evans
British Dictionary definitions for mop-up
Other Idioms and Phrases with mop-up
Clear an area of remaining enemy troops after a victory, as in They left behind just one squadron to mop up. [c. 1900]
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.