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sop

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noun \ˈsäp\

Definition of sop

  1. 1 chiefly dialectal :  a piece of food dipped or steeped in a liquid

  2. 2 :  a conciliatory or propitiatory bribe, gift, or gesture

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Examples of sop in a Sentence

  1. as a sop to the teachers' union for supporting his reelection campaign, the mayor promised to push for the abolition of the residency requirement

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Did You Know?

The etymology of sop takes us from bread to hellhounds to bribery. The journey starts over 900 years ago, when sop first referred to bread soaked in water, wine, or another liquid. Such soggy bread was considered a treat sure to tempt any appetite. Sops were considered so appealing that English translations of Virgil's Aeneid tell of a sibyl using one soaked in honey to distract and drug Cerberus, the three-headed watchdog of the gates of the underworld, so Aeneas could get by him safely. By the 1600s, that mythological use of sop had given rise to the expression give a sop to Cerberus, meaning "to bribe" and to using sop to refer to a bribe or conciliatory gift.

Origin and Etymology of sop

Middle English soppe, from Old English sopp; akin to Old English sūpan to swallow — more at sup


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sop

verb

Definition of sop

sopped

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sopping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to steep or dip in or as if in liquidb :  to wet thoroughly :  soak

  3. 2 :  mop 1

Examples of sop in a Sentence

  1. sopped the sponge with the detergent and began scrubbing the floor vigorously

  2. my book fell in the swimming pool and was thoroughly sopped before I could fish it out

First Known Use of sop

circa 1529


SOP

abbreviation

Definition of SOP

  1. standard operating procedure; standing operating procedure



SOP Defined for English Language Learners

sop

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noun

Definition of sop for English Language Learners

  • : something that is done or given to someone in order to prevent trouble, gain support, etc.


SOP Defined for Kids

sop

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verb \ˈsäp\

Definition of sop for Students

sopped

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sopping

  1. 1 :  to soak or dip in or as if in liquid He sopped the bread in gravy.

  2. 2 :  to mop or soak up The water was sopped up with rags.



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