mopping-up

[mop-ing-uhp]
adjective
  1. serving to complete or put the finishing touches to a phase of a particular action.
  2. serving to complete a military campaign by killing or capturing any remaining enemy troops: a mopping-up operation.

Origin of mopping-up

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