mop-up

noun, often attributive
\ ˈmäp-ˌəp How to pronounce mop-up (audio) \

Definition of mop-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a concluding action or phase

mop up

verb
mopped up; mopping up; mops up

Definition of mop up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to complete a project, transaction, or task

First Known Use of mop-up

Noun

1900, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1811, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of mop-up was circa 1811

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“Mop-up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mop%20up. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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mop-up

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English Language Learners Definition of mop-up

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

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