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mop up

verb

Definition of mop up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 British :  to consume eagerly

  3. 2 :  to gather as if by absorbing; also :  garner <mopped up all the awards>

  4. 3 :  to overcome decisively :  trounce

  5. 4 :  to clear (an area) of remaining pockets of resistance in the wake of a military offensive

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to complete a project, transaction, or task



Circa 1811

First Known Use of mop up

circa 1811


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