English version

mop something/somebody ↔ up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmop something/somebody ↔ up phrasal verb1 DHCto remove liquid with a mop, a cloth, or something soft, especially in order to clean a surface syn wipe up Mop the sauce up with your bread. He mopped up the spilt milk.2 PMAto remove or deal with something which you think is undesirable or dangerous, so that it is no longer a problem The usual solution is to send in infantry to mop up any remaining opposition. The rebellion has been crushed, but mopping-up operations may take several weeks. mop→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
mop upThe market will have difficulty in mopping this all up.With the wringer and mop they make up a mopping system.For every mopping - up operation that gets into the headlines, how many go unreported?Some one spills the maple syrup, and tries to mop it up with another table's tablecloth.Serve on squares of bread, or with bread for mopping it up yourself.
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Verb table
mop
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theymop
he, she, itmops
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theymopped
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave mopped
he, she, ithas mopped
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad mopped
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill mop
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have mopped
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam mopping
he, she, itis mopping
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you, we, theyare mopping
Past
I, he, she, itwas mopping
you, we, theywere mopping
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been mopping
he, she, ithas been mopping
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been mopping
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be mopping
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been mopping
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