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mop

 (mŏp)
n.
1. A household implement made of absorbent material attached to a typically long handle and used for washing, dusting, or drying floors.
2. A loosely tangled bunch or mass: a mop of unruly hair.
v. mopped, mop·ping, mops
v.tr.
To wash or wipe with or as if with a mop: mopped the hallway; mopping the spilled water; mopped her forehead with a towel.
v.intr.
To use a mop to wash or dry surfaces: mopped along the baseboards.
Phrasal Verb:
mop up
1. To clear (an area) of remaining enemy troops after a victory.
2. Informal To perform the minor tasks that conclude a project or an activity.

[Early Modern English map, mop, probably shortening of Middle English mappel, ultimately (perhaps via Medieval Latin mappula, table cloth) from Latin mappa, towel, cloth; see map.]

mop′per n.

mop up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. (Tools) to clean with a mop
2. informal to complete (a task, etc)
3. (Military) military to clear (remaining enemy forces) after a battle, as by killing, taking prisoner, etc
n
4. (Military) the act or an instance of mopping up
5. an operation to tidy up after a flood, fire, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mop up - a concluding actionmop up - a concluding action      
consummation - the act of bringing to completion or fruition
consummation - the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
finishing, finish - the act of finishing; "his best finish in a major tournament was third"; "the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
finalisation, finalization - the act of finalizing
follow-through - carrying some project or intention to full completion; "I appreciated his follow-through on his promise"
follow-through - the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion; "his follow-through was straight down the line toward the target"; "squash can be dangerous if your opponent has a long follow-through"
graduation - the successful completion of a program of study
Verb1.mop up - to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop; "Mop the hallway now"; "He mopped her forehead with a towel"
swab, swob - wash with a swab or a mop; "swab the ship's decks"
sponge - soak up with a sponge
imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, absorb, suck, take up, take in, draw - take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
2.mop up - defeat thoroughly; "He mopped up the floor with his opponents"
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
3.mop up - finish a task completely; "I finally got through this homework assignment"
complete, finish - come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
cap off - finish or complete, as with some decisive action; "he capped off the meeting with a radical proposal"
Translations
setřítvytřít
tørre op
mopata
obrisati
òurrka/hreinsa burt meî òvegli/tusku
モップでぬぐい取る
대걸레로 닦다
zotrieť
torka upp
เช็ดทำความสะอาดด้วยไม้ถูพื้น
lau

w>mop up

vt sep
water etcaufwischen; she mopped up the sauce with a piece of breadsie tunkte die Soße mit einem Stück Brot auf
(Mil) → säubern (inf); mopping-up operationsSäuberungsaktion f; (hum)Aufräumungsarbeiten pl
vi(auf)wischen

mop

(mop) noun
1. a pad of sponge, or a bunch of pieces of coarse string or yarn etc, fixed on a handle, for washing floors, dishes etc.
2. a thick mass of hair. a mop of dark hair.
3. an act of mopping. He gave the floor a quick mop.
verbpast tense, past participle mopped
1. to rub or wipe with a mop. She mopped the kitchen floor.
2. to wipe or clean (eg a face covered with sweat). He mopped his brow.
mop up
to clean away using a mop, cloth etc. He mopped up the mess with his handkerchief.

mop up

يُجَفِّفُ vytřít tørre op aufwischen σφουγγαρίζω fregar, limpiar mopata éponger obrisati pulire il pavimento モップでぬぐい取る 대걸레로 닦다 opdweilen moppe opp zetrzeć limpar o chão вытирать torka upp เช็ดทำความสะอาดด้วยไม้ถูพื้น paspaslamak lau
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