Back at the hospital, an orderly took advantage of a brief break to spray the floor and mop up blood.
Being made to mop up when the bathroom plumbing breaks down at the Edwards house?
“They believe when this is done they can mop up al Qaeda units,” he said.
late 15c., mappe "bundle of yarn, etc., fastened to the end of a stick for cleaning or spreading pitch on a ship's decks," from Walloon (French) mappe "napkin," from Latin mappa "napkin" (see map (n.)). Modern spelling by 1660s. Of hair, from 1847.
1709, from mop (n.). Related: Mopped; mopping.
[1944+ Black; probably from the notion of mopping or cleaning up, influenced by earlier jazz use ''the last beat at the end of a jazz number'']