Mop meaning

mŏp
To mop is to clean or wipe up with a cleaning tool.

An example of mop is to use a paper towel to wipe up a spill.

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A bundle of loose rags or strands of yarn, a sponge, etc. fastened to the end of a long stick, as for washing or wiping floors.
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A household implement made of absorbent material attached to a typically long handle and used for washing, dusting, or drying floors.
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A loosely tangled bunch or mass.

A mop of unruly hair.

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To wash or wipe with or as if with a mop.

Mopped the hallway; mopping the spilled water; mopped her forehead with a towel.

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To use a mop to wash or dry surfaces.

Mopped along the baseboards.

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Anything suggestive of this, as a thick head of hair.
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To wash, rub, wipe, or remove with or as with a mop.
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(Millionaire On Paper) People who have wealth tied up in company stock options, which cannot be exercised until a certain date. During the dot-com boom, tens of thousands of MOPs were created, but many unfortunately never cashed in before the stock became worthless. See also MOPS.
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An implement for washing floors, or the like, made of a piece of cloth, or a collection of thrums, or coarse yarn, fastened to a handle.
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(humorous) A dense head of hair.

He ran a comb through his mop and hurried out the door.

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(UK, dialect) A fair where servants are hired.
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(UK, dialect) The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet.

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A made-up face; a grimace.
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To rub, scrub, clean or wipe with a mop, or as if with a mop.

To mop (scrub) a floor.

To mop one's face with a handkerchief.

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(intransitive) To make a wry expression with the mouth.

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The definition of a mop is a stick with fabric strips or rope at the end that is used to clean floors, or anything that resembles that cleaning tool.

An example of a mop is a rope cleaning tool used to clean the kitchen floor.

An example of a mop is a shaggy hairstyle.

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mop up
  • to finish a task
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mop (up) the floor with
  • to defeat decisively
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

mop (up) the floor with

Origin of mop

  • Early Modern English map, mop probably shortening of Middle English mappel ultimately (perhaps via Medieval Latin mappula table cloth) from Latin mappa towel, cloth map

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition