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mop  (mp)
1. A household implement made of absorbent material attached to a typically long handle and used for washing, dusting, or drying floors.
2. A loosely tangled bunch or mass: a mop of unruly hair.
v. mopped, mop·ping, mops
To wash or wipe with or as if with a mop: mopped the hallway; mopping the spilled water; mopped her forehead with a towel.
To use a mop to wash or dry surfaces: mopped along the baseboards.
Phrasal Verb:
mop up
1. To clear (an area) of remaining enemy troops after a victory.
2. Informal To perform the minor tasks that conclude a project or an activity.

[Middle English mappe, perhaps from Old French dialectal, napkin, from Latin mappa, towel, cloth; see map.]

mopper n.

mop  /mp/  n. cleaning equipment made of a sponge or rope-like pieces at the end of a long handle: A worker wet the <n.> mop and <v.> mopped the floor to clean up the spill.
v. [T] mopped, mopping, mops phrasal v. sep. to mop s.t. up: a. to use a mop: A worker mopped up the floor this morning.||He mopped it up. b. fig. to finish a job: The army won the battle, and soldiers mopped up a few areas of resistance that were left.||They mopped them up. mop

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