[ mop-uhp ]
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  1. the act, process, or an instance of mopping up; completion of an operation or action.

Origin of mop-up

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase mop up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use mop-up in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mop up

mop up

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to clean with a mop

  2. informal to complete (a task, etc)

  1. military to clear (remaining enemy forces) after a battle, as by killing, taking prisoner, etc

  1. the act or an instance of mopping up

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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]

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