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  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.
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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

Historical Examples

  • These were handled by the mopping-up troops, who threw hand-grenades.

    Our Army at the Front

    Heywood Broun

  • Most of the black platoons, he observed, had participated mainly in mopping-up operations or combat against a disorganized enemy.

  • Very good work was also done by the mopping-up platoon of D Company, under Sergt.

  • The fifth wave is a mopping-up party to clear the enemy's dugouts.

    Military Instructors Manual

    James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker