mop up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mop up finish a task completely "I finally got through this homework assignment"
    • v mop up defeat thoroughly "He mopped up the floor with his opponents"
    • v mop up to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop "Mop the hallway now","He mopped her forehead with a towel"
    • n mop up a concluding action
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Usage

In literature:

Brion looked up and mopped perspiration from his face.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Mop up as you go down floor by floor.
"Secret Armies" by John L. Spivak
I mopped his neck and shoved the towel up under his doublet to catch the dripping armpits.
"No Great Magic" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Hill sat up on the pavement and mopped the blood from his cheek.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The world is small, as you say, but just at this moment infernally busy mopping up.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
You've already mopped it all up.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Go an' get a mop and clean up that water.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
It is Dame Partington with her pail mopping up the rushing waters of the Atlantic!
"An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" by Lydia Maria Child
Mopping his forehead with his sleeve, Bob stood up and looked his companion in the face.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
The girl put her hands over her eyes as Tamada methodically mopped up the telltale stains.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
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In poetry:

Or the charwoman
who is on the bus when it cracks up
and collects enough from the insurance.
From mops to Bonwit Teller.
That story.
"Cinderella" by Anne Sexton

In news:

People who want a really deep clean, but recoil at the idea of picking up a mop .
Mops up, but Garrett Co. Is still in midst of the storm.
Resident did their best to mop up the mess Thursday, but the damage is extensive and residents will likely spend most of Friday and the weekend dealing with the aftermath.
Vancouver Oil Company called a contractor to mop up the fuel, thought to be about 20 gallons, and the state Department of Ecology has been notified, Murray said.
Tyrone Curry doesn't have to wake up at 4 am and mop the floors at Evergreen High School in Seattle.
'Matilda' mops up 7 prizes at theater's Oliviers.
He always enjoyed watching Tiger rip it up on the course but it wasn't until his uncle mopped the green with him did he find enjoyment in actually playing the game.
Iraqi Forces Mop Up Samarra .
Work on mop-up on the Sawtooth firelines.
Chuck Mills, president of Steward, makes a product that promises to mop up anything.
Crews are busy tonight mopping up lightning fires throughout the Sierra.
Mops up, but Garrett Co. Is still in midst of the storm.
Roatcap Fire in mop -up stage, 70 percent contained.
High Park Fire in " mop -up" stage.
No smiles after McDonald's mop -up work.
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In science:

This basic model usually performs well, typically leaving only a small remaining systematic residue to be mopped up using the repertoire of other TPOINT terms.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
We think of phase 1 as doing most of the “work”, and phase 2 as a “mopping up” phase.
The Cover Time of Random Walks on Graphs
Mopping up a block in phase 2 is costly, but if there are few of them, the overall cost is within a small factor of phase 1.
The Cover Time of Random Walks on Graphs
If we can legitimately get to (II), then the rest is almost a mopping up operation.
Nonlocal character of quantum theory?
It refers to the movement of enstrophy from the large to small length scales until it is mopped up at the dissipation scale.
Direct Numerical Simulation of decaying two-dimensional turbulence in a no-slip square box using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics
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