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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And a mop-up squad patrolled outward from the reclaimed camp, picked up two living Throgs, both wandering witlessly.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • A dozen times they had almost stumbled headlong into roving German mop-up patrols.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Golly, I want to be a Thorgunner and get in on the mop-up when it comes!

    Be It Ever Thus Robert Moore Williams
  • Those were mop-up operations, clearing the streets of the last of the priest-king forces; he was not needed there.

    Warlord of Kor Terry Gene Carr
  • "Congratulations on the mop-up, which I understand was one hundred point oh oh oh percent," the officer said.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans

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