1 of 2


often attributive
: a concluding action or phase

mop up

2 of 2


mopped up; mopping up; mops up

transitive verb

British : to consume eagerly
: to gather as if by absorbing
also : garner
mopped up all the awards
: to overcome decisively : trounce
: 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

Examples of mop-up in a Sentence

Noun the general announced that the remaining fighting would be only a mop-up to a war that was all but over
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According to Cal Fire, crews secured control lines around the entire perimeter of the fire, and heavy mop-up work was taking place within that perimeter. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, 19 June 2024 Right-hander Cole Winn was effective in mop-up duty in the seventh, but after the bottom of the Mets’ order produced two more runs in the top of the eighth, Texas decided to save its bullpen. Abbey Mastracco, New York Daily News, 18 June 2024
In an update, Cal Fire said Thursday crews were continuing to mop up hot spots. Vincent Medina, Sacramento Bee, 5 July 2024 The Liberal Democrats, led by Ed Davey, will hope to mop up votes in the centerground. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for mop-up 

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Word History

First Known Use


1900, in the meaning defined above


circa 1811, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mop-up was circa 1811

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“Mop-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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