[ mop-ing-uhp ]
/ ˈmɒp ɪŋˈʌp /
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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Examples from the Web for mopping-up
These were handled by the mopping-up troops, who threw hand-grenades.Our Army at the Front|Heywood Broun
Very good work was also done by the mopping-up platoon of D Company, under Sergt.The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919|Captain W. C. C. Weetman
The fifth wave is a mopping-up party to clear the enemy's dugouts.Military Instructors Manual|James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker