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Definition of mop up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

mop up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    mop somethingup

     
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  1. 1to remove the liquid from something using something that absorbs it Do you want some bread to mop up that sauce?
  2. 2to complete or end something by dealing with the final parts There are a few things that need mopping up before I can leave. Troops combed the area to mop up any remaining resistance. A number of smaller companies were mopped up (= taken over) by the big multinational. New equipment mopped up (= used up) what was left of this year's budget.
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