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mopping-up

[mop-ing-uhp] /ˈmɒp ɪŋˈʌp/
adjective
1.
serving to complete or put the finishing touches to a phase of a particular action.
2.
serving to complete a military campaign by killing or capturing any remaining enemy troops:
a mopping-up operation.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; mop up + -ing1, used attributively
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