mopping up


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mopping up

The liquidation of remnants of enemy resistance in an area that has been surrounded or isolated, or through which other units have passed without eliminating all active resistance.
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Dropped 2lb, this is his easiest task for a while and Appleby makes of habit of mopping up similar types of races.
This may prove to be easier said than done, as the days seem to fly by in a chaotic frenzy of feeding, changing nappies, mopping up sick, visits to the clinic and meeting other mothers and babies for coffee.
Most Stevenson Ranch residents spent Thursday mopping up, washing the thick black ash off their cars and driveways and giving thanks that their homes were untouched.