- v. To clean up with a mop; especially to clean up a spill or mess.
- v. idiomatic To fix problems; to correct or repair.
- v. transitive To clear the leftovers of a dish, in order to eat them.
- v. finish a task completely
- n. a concluding action
- v. to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
- v. defeat thoroughly
- mop + up (Wiktionary)
“They’d do more than mop up the blood, put out the fires, lock up the deranged until the madness passed.”
“Discerning the order of letters in the alphabet, figuring out which numbers are greater than which others, and telling time represent sequencing milestones for five- to seven-year-olds, who also are expected to mop up time-soaked vocabulary, words such as “before,” “after,” “until,” and “when.””
“Binnie rang the bell for a maid and a cloth to mop up the sherry.”
“Captain Bob caught his breath and used his eye-patch to mop up a bead of sweat on his forehead.”
“He used the wad of fustian to mop up the spilled water as well as he could.”
“Deborah went to the students’ bathrooms, but these were all in perfect order, so she went back to her own bathroom and began to mop up the water with towels and a bath-sheet, wringing them into the rapidly-emptying bath until the floor was no more than damp.”
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