a bundle of coarse yarn, a sponge, or other absorbent material, fastened at the end of a stick or handle for washing floors, dishes, etc.
a thick mass of hair.
a polishing wheel having several layers of cloth secured by a boss.
to rub, wipe, clean, or remove with a mop (often followed by up): to mop up a spill.
to wipe as if with a mop:to mop the face with a handkerchief.
to clean or wipe with or as if with a mop (often followed by up): First he swept, then he mopped up.
Military. to clear (ground, trenches, towns, etc.) of scattered or remaining enemy combatants after attacking forces have conquered the area.
Informal. to dispose of; complete; finish: He mopped up the rest of his business and went on a vacation.
Idioms about mop
Other definitions for mop (2 of 2)
to make a disappointed or unhappy face; grimace: an unruly child that mops and mows.
a wry face; grimace.
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How to use mop in a sentence
Duane grabs a towel and mops his streaming face while Dicky spoons out the coke.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band | Grover Lewis | March 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Propose to meet them in hall closets, and you'll find yourself spending your quality time alone with a lot of mops.
London is fighting back hearteningly now, with Twitter citizen armies wielding brooms and mops, buckets, and duct tape.
A strange breed of sailors from the lower deck came up, with mops and buckets.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
mop handles with attachments to hold the cloths are easily obtainable and much better for all purposes than string mops.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping | Elizabeth Hale Gilman
“Oh, do stand in a row with your brooms and mops over your shoulders,” pleaded Amy.Peggy Raymond's Vacation | Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
Among these black-jacketed waiters, armed with long mops, were scrubbing the linoleum-covered floor.To Him That Hath | Leroy Scott
All her material treasure she works for with mops and scrubbing-brushes at thirty-five cents an hour.I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
British Dictionary definitions for mop (1 of 3)
an implement with a wooden handle and a head made of twists of cotton or a piece of synthetic sponge, used for polishing or washing floors, or washing dishes
something resembling this, such as a tangle of hair
(tr often foll by up) to clean or soak up with or as if with a mop
- See also mop up
British Dictionary definitions for mop (2 of 3)
(intr) to make a grimace or sad expression (esp in the phrase mop and mow)
such a face or expression
British Dictionary definitions for mop (3 of 3)
(in various parts of England) an annual fair at which formerly servants were hired
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