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mopping-up

[ mop-ing-uhp ]
/ ˈmɒp ɪŋˈʌp /
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adjective

serving to complete or put the finishing touches to a phase of a particular action.
serving to complete a military campaign by killing or capturing any remaining enemy troops: a mopping-up operation.

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Origin of mopping-up

1905–10; mop up + -ing1, used attributively

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