Student or Learner
"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 18:34.
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."
Last edited by ostap77; 21-Nov-2010 at 22:32.
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".
buggles (not a teacher)
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.