serving to complete or put the finishing touches to a phase of a particular action.
serving to complete a military campaign by killing or capturing any remaining enemy troops: a mopping-up operation.

1905–10; mop up + -ing1, used attributively Unabridged
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Crews are also focused on mopping-up operations here so the road can be re-opened.
Six spotlights above provide light, and a rubber mat on the floor behind the counter simplifies the mopping-up activities.
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