mop up

This page is about the phrasal verb mop up.

Meaning: to clean up something that has spilled by using a mop or a cloth

Synonym: clean up, wipe up

For example:

  • mop sth up After one of my kids spilled her drink, a waiter came and mopped it up.

  • mop up sth His assistant said mopping up spilt coffee was not one of her duties. She told him to do it himself.

Quick Quiz:

Sandy mopped up the banana milkshake after she

a. dropped it

b. drank it

c. ordered it

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Contributor: Matt Errey