mop-up

noun, often attributive \ ˈmäp-ˌəp \

Definition of mop-up

:a concluding action or phase

First Known Use of mop-up

1900


mop up

verb

Definition of mop up

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

circa 1811


MOP-UP Defined for English Language Learners

mop-up

noun

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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