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

     

    mop

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mɒp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mop
    BrE BrE//mɒp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːp//
     
    he / she / it mops
    BrE BrE//mɒps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːps//
     
    past simple mopped
    BrE BrE//mɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːpt//
     
    past participle mopped
    BrE BrE//mɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːpt//
     
    -ing form mopping
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1mop something to clean something with a mop She wiped all the surfaces and mopped the floor.
  2. 2mop something (from something) to remove liquid from the surface of something using a cloth He took out a handkerchief to mop his brow (= to remove the sweat).
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: perhaps ultimately related to Latin mappa ‘napkin’.Extra examples He took out a handkerchief to mop his brow.Idioms
    wipe/mop the floor with somebody
     
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    (informal) to defeat somebody completely in an argument or a competition
    Phrasal Verbsmop up somebodymop up somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mop