mop-up

noun, often attributive \ ˈmäp-ˌəp \

Definition of mop-up

: a concluding action or phase

First Known Use of mop-up

1900

in the meaning defined above

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mop up

verb

Definition of mop up

1 British : to consume eagerly
2 : to gather as if by absorbing; also : garner
  • mopped up all the awards
3 : to overcome decisively : trounce
4 : to clear (an area) of remaining pockets of resistance in the wake of a military offensive
: to complete a project, transaction, or task

First Known Use of mop up

circa 1811

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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MOP-UP Defined for English Language Learners

mop-up

Definition of mop-up for English Language Learners

  • : the actions that complete a job or task after the more difficult parts have been done



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