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mop up

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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymop up
he/she/itmops up
present participlemopping up
past tensemopped up
past participlemopped up

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    same as mop2 (sense 3)

    He mopped up the milk with a tissue.

  2. 3
    informal to finish something by dealing with a few final details

    We should be able to mop the rest of this up by the beginning of next week.

  3. 4
    American to win, or succeed in doing something

    I want you to go out there and mop up.

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