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[mop-uhp] /ˈmɒpˌʌp/
the act, process, or an instance of mopping up; completion of an operation or action.
Origin of mop-up
1895-1900; noun use of verb phrase mop up Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mop-up
  • It's a mop-up campaign now and that action is happening in the kitchen.
  • The work has rapidly become an onshore mop-up exercise rather than an offshore recovery, partly due to the nature of the oil.
  • Fire managers are planning to continue suppression and mop-up on this fire through tonight and tomorrow.
  • Line construction and mop-up continues on the east flank.
  • The fire fighting activities investigated were mop-up and fire break construction.
  • mop-up activities are underway to identify and minimize hotspots within the area, with the main goal of reducing excessive smoke.
  • If so, the next day's work would be only a mop-up action.
  • Today crews will see to perimeter work and begin mop-up activities, checking for flare-ups.
British Dictionary definitions for mop-up

mop up

verb (transitive, adverb)
to clean with a mop
(informal) to complete (a task, etc)
(military) to clear (remaining enemy forces) after a battle, as by killing, taking prisoner, etc
the act or an instance of mopping up
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