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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOP UP

It will then be possible to mop up a little more of the rinsing liquid.

I'll mop up all the blood spilt with a cambric handkerchief.

"Now your old mother's coming to mop up the place," called Baird.

Lucy, ask Clara for a duster and pail of water to mop up the mess.

They followed Grace, leaving the stewards to mop up the water.

As he put it tersely: 'Better six good battalions safely down the hill than a mop up in the morning.'

"Me mop up all de water," grinned Ching, looking the coolest person aboard the launch.

It is affirmed that there is money in box-ball, that hoop-la yields a fortune, that "you mop up the tin" with a huckley-buck.

I'd mop up this stuff about organization and management mighty quick, for that business stuff comes natural to me.

I expected him to mop up the floor with that Englishman, sick as he is; and he would, if he hadn't apologized.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., mappe "bundle of yarn, etc., fastened to the end of a stick for cleaning or spreading pitch on a ship's decks," from Walloon (French) mappe "napkin," from Latin mappa "napkin" (see map (n.)). Modern spelling by 1660s. Of hair, from 1847.

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