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    #1

    mop up

    "I'm afraid I'm going to have to get back to you later. I have some things to mop up in the office." Can we say ''mop up" meaning we have to deal with something?
    Last edited by ostap77; 21-Nov-2010 at 19:34.

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    #2

    Re: mop up

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I'm afraid I'm going to have to get back to you later. I have some things to mop up in the office." Can we say ''mop up" meaning we have to deal with something?
    It doesn't sound natural to me.

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    #3

    Re: mop up

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It doesn't sound natural to me.
    How about these?

    1) "He asked me, if I wanted to kick in for a party. I realized that it was the end of the month and my salary was almost gone but I told him that I would try to mop up some money."

    2) " It was so delicious that I was just mopping my plate up with French bread."
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    #4

    Re: mop up

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How about these?

    1) "He asked me, if I wanted to kick in for a party. I realized that it was the end of the month and my salary was almost gone but I told him that would try to mop up some money."

    2) " It was so delicious that I was just mopping my plate up with French bread."
    #2 is OK but not very natural. #1 is not at all natural.

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    #5

    Re: mop up

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I'm afraid I'm going to have to get back to you later. I have some things to mop up in the office." Can we say ''mop up" meaning we have to deal with something?
    Don't know whether it's a northern English thing - I don't think it is, but that's something I've seen quite a lot. If you've "a few things to mop up", then you've got one or two jobs of a minor nature to finish off.

    You could also say, "Chipping in to the party will just about mop up what's left of my salary this month."

    In both instances, "mopping up" implies "finishing off".

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    #6

    Re: mop up

    The only way I would use "mop up" would be if I had messes to clean up. Literally or figuratively.

    Not to just finish some small tasks.

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