mop sth up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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mop sth up

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

mop sth up (CLEAN)

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

mop sth up (FINISH)

informal to ​finishdealing with something: It took a ​week to ​mop up the last of the ​enemysoldiers (= ​defeat them).
(Definition of mop sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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