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.
- 1to complete or end something by dealing with the final parts There are a few things that need mopping up before I can leave.
- 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.