Definition of mop up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mop up

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

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to remove the liquid from something using something that absorbs it Do you want some bread to mop up that sauce? (figurative) A number of smaller companies were mopped up (= taken over) by the American multinational. (figurative) New equipment mopped up (= used up) what was left of this year's budget.

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  1. 1to complete or end something by dealing with the final parts There are a few things that need mopping up before I can leave.
  2. 2to get rid of the last few people who continue to oppose you, especially by capturing or killing them Troops combed the area to mop up any remaining resistance.
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