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that's the way the mop flops

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad ones, so there is no reason to be upset about it. (A variant of the more common "That's the way the cookie crumbles.") I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, that's just the way the mop flops.
See also: flops, mop, way

that's how the mop flops

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad ones, so there is no reason to be upset about it. (A variant of the more common "That's how the ball bounces.") I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, that's just how the mop flops.
See also: flops, how, mop

all mops and brooms

Drunk. Likely a reference to the mops and brooms needed to clean up after drunk people who vomit. I can't stand coming to this bar—it's full of college kids who are all mops and brooms for the first time. I got all mops and brooms at the party last night, and I'm paying for it today, all right. I may never drink again!
See also: all, and, broom, mop

Dame Partington and her mop

Someone staunchly opposed to progress or reform, even when it is inevitable. The phrase is thought to have originated from stories in 19th-century England of a woman who kept trying to get water out of her flooded home during a storm before finally evacuating. I can't believe you're still fighting against that new tax! Stop being like Dame Partington and her mop and just accept change!
See also: and, mop

mop head

The part of a mop that the cloth or sponge is attached to. I'm going to need a new mop after all—the mop head on this one is missing!
See also: head, mop

mop the floor with (someone)

To easily defeat an opponent. Primarily heard in US. Although he wasn't favored to win the race, Jack really mopped the floor with his competition.
See also: floor, mop

mop something down

to clean a surface with a mop. Please mop this floor down now. Please mop down this floor.
See also: down, mop

mop something off

to wipe the liquid off something. Please mop the counter off with paper towels. Mop off the counter.
See also: mop, off

mop something up

to clean up something, such as a spill, with a mop or with a mopping motion. Please mop this mess up. I will mop up this mess.
See also: mop, up

mop something up with something

to clean or remove something from something else using a mop, rag, towel, etc. I can mop the mess up with this old rag mop. She will mop up the mess with the rag.
See also: mop, up

mop the floor up with someone

to overwhelm and physically subdue someone; to beat someone. Stop talking like that, or I'll mop the floor up with you! Did you hear that? He threatened to mop up the floor with me!
See also: floor, mop, up

mop up

 (after someone or something)
1. Lit. to clean up with a mop a sloppy mess made by someone or something. I am the one who has to mop up after the mess you made!
2. Fig. to rectify a problem that someone or something has created. You made a fuss in the conference and upset everyone. I spent hours mopping up after you in private meetings with all in attendance.
See also: mop, up

mopping-up operation

a clean-up operation; the final stages in a project where the loose ends are taken care of. It's all over except a small mopping-up operation. The mopping-up operation from the hurricane should cost just under twenty million.

That's the way the ball bounces.

 and That's the way the cookie crumbles.; That's the way the mop flops.
Prov. You cannot control everything that happens to you.; You should accept the bad things that happen. Bill: I bought a hundred lottery tickets this week, but I still didn't win! Alan: That's the way the ball bounces. I was planning to have fun on my vacation, but I've been sick the whole time. I guess that's just the way the cookie crumbles. That's tough, but that's the way the mop flops.
See also: ball, bounce, way

mop up (something)

also mop something up
1. to complete something The fire wasn't completely out, and we should have stayed and mopped it up.
2. to rid an area of an enemy Army troops were mopping up the last of the rebel fighters.
3. to remove what has been damaged by a storm or other violent event California has just started to mop up after two storms blasted the state.
4. to remove the results of a problem Altman's department was in charge of mopping up the banking scandal.
See also: mop, up

mop up somebody

also mop somebody up
to defeat someone The vice president mopped up his opponent in a televised debate. Everyone says he's a great fighter, but Ali could have mopped him up in a second.
See also: mop, up

wipe the floor with somebody

  (British, American & Australian) also mop the floor with somebody (American)
to defeat someone easily Alex is always really good in a debate, she'll wipe the floor with them.
See also: floor, wipe

mop up

1. Clear an area of remaining enemy troops after a victory, as in They left behind just one squadron to mop up. [c. 1900]
2. Perform the minor tasks that conclude a project or activity, as in Go ahead, I'll mop up these last invoices. [First half of 1900s] Both usages transfer the task of housecleaning with a mop to other kinds of cleanup.
See also: mop, up

mop up the floor with

Also, wipe the floor with. Defeat thoroughly, overwhelm, as in The young boxer said he was sure to mop up the floor with his opponent, or I just know we'll wipe the floor with the competition. [Late 1800s]
See also: floor, mop, up

Earp slop, bring the mop

tv. Someone has vomited. (Juvenile.) See what’s in the hall? Earp slop, bring the mop.
See also: bring, Earp, mop

mop

(mɑp)
1. n. a drinking bout. She is off somewhere on another mop.
2. n. a heavy drinker; a drunkard. The guy’s a mop. There is nothing you can do till he decides he’s had enough.
3. n. hair; a hairdo. How do you like my new mop?

mop the floor up with someone

and wipe the floor up with someone
tv. to beat someone to a pulp. (Also with other verbs: clean, dust, etc.) Max whacked Bruno one and then mopped up the floor with him. One more crack like that, and I’ll have Sam wipe the floor up with you.
See also: floor, mop, up

mopped

and moppy
mod. alcohol intoxicated. Jack was a little moppy to be driving.
See also: mop

mopping-up operation

n. a clean-up operation; the final stages in a project where the loose ends are taken care of. It’s all over except a small mopping-up operation.

That’s the way the mop flops

sent. This is the way things happen.; This is typical of a random pattern of events. (Contrived.) Sorry to hear about that, but that’s the way the mop flops.
See also: flops, mop, way
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19 NATURE, both explains what happens to the enormous amount of carbon in the ocean, Mopper says, and accounts for regions where microorganisms thrive without an obvious source of edible carbon.
Hazel Kemp's bitch has proved she is much more than a mopper up of poor races in recent weeks and her draw in one this afternoon suggests a clear run early, in which case she has to be fancied over the progressive Drumsna Cross.
Combined arms teams of raiders were supported by a full artillery program, aerial surveillance when available, and auxiliary troops to act as moppers up, carriers and stretcher-bearers.
The revolving volunteer surgical staffs and their families and other moppers and floor sweepers (who live on the ships) form this courageous contingent to help those in need.