[ 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.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THIS MIDDLE SCHOOL PART OF SPEECH QUIZ!
How well do you know your adjectives from your adverbs? Your preposition from your pronouns? Your interjections from your conjunctions? Let’s put your knowledge of parts of speech to the text! Note: Many of the following questions will ask you to identify the parts of speech “in order.” That means the first word in all capital letters will correspond to the first option in an answer, and so on.
Question 1 of 10
In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.
Origin of mopping-up
1905–10; mop up + -ing1, used attributively
Words nearby mopping-up
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Example sentences 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