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Origin of mop-up
Words nearby mop-up
Example sentences from the Web for mop-up
Those were mop-up operations, clearing the streets of the last of the priest-king forces; he was not needed there.Warlord of Kor|Terry Gene Carr
A dozen times they had almost stumbled headlong into roving German mop-up patrols.Dave Dawson at Dunkirk|Robert Sydney Bowen
"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
Golly, I want to be a Thorgunner and get in on the mop-up when it comes!Be It Ever Thus|Robert Moore Williams
And a mop-up squad patrolled outward from the reclaimed camp, picked up two living Throgs, both wandering witlessly.Storm Over Warlock|Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for mop-up
verb (tr, adverb)
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.