sop up


a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.
anything thoroughly soaked.
something given to pacify or quiet, or as a bribe: The political boss gave him some cash as a sop.
a weak-willed or spineless person; milksop.
verb (used with object), sopped, sopping.
to dip or soak in liquid food: to sop bread in gravy.
to drench.
to take up (liquid) by absorption (usually followed by up ): He used bread to sop up the gravy.
verb (used without object), sopped, sopping.
to be or become soaking wet.
(of a liquid) to soak (usually followed by in ).

before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English sopp; cognate with Old Norse soppa; (v.) Old English soppian, derivative of the noun (not recorded in ME). See sup2

3. tip, gratuity, payoff. Unabridged
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sop up
(tr, adverb) to mop or take up (spilt water, etc) with or as if with a sponge

sop (sɒp)
1.  (often plural) food soaked in a liquid before being eaten
2.  a concession, bribe, etc, given to placate or mollify: a sop to one's feelings
3.  informal a stupid or weak person
vb (when intr, often foll by in) , sops, sopping, sopped
4.  (tr) to dip or soak (food) in liquid
5.  to soak or be soaked
[Old English sopp; related to Old Norse soppasoup, Old High German sopfa milk with bread; see sup²]

abbreviation for
standard operating procedure

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sopp- "bread soaked in some liquid," (in soppcuppe "cup into which sops are put"), from P.Gmc. *suppo, related to O.E. verb suppan (see sup (2)), probably reinforced by O.Fr. soupe (see soup (n.)). Meaning "something given to appease" is from
1665, an allusion to the sop given by the Sibyl to Cerberus in Virgil's "Aeneid."
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
standard operating procedure
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Sop definition

a morsel of bread (John 13:26; comp. Ruth 2:14). Our Lord took a piece of unleavened bread, and dipping it into the broth of bitter herbs at the Paschal meal, gave it to Judas. (Comp. Ruth 2:14.)

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