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. 2019

Examples from the Web for mop-up

Historical Examples of mop-up

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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