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English definition of “mop sth up”

mop sth up

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with mop   /mɒp/ us    /mɑːp/ (-pp-)

(CLEAN)

to use a cloth or a mop to remove liquid from the surface of something: There's milk on the floor over there - could you get a cloth and mop it up?

(FINISH)

informal to finish dealing with something: It took a week to mop up the last of the enemy soldiers (= defeat them).
(Definition of mop sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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