What's the difference between 'wipe' and 'mob(up)?

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Many thanks CJ!

Sorry in 'wipe mucus' and 'mope up mucus', what's the difference, please?

Tara2mope up mop up
Tara2Sorry in 'wipe mucus' and 'mop up mucus', what's the difference, please?

No difference in that case. 'wipe' seems to me to be the proper word. 'mop' is metaphorical, and probably a hint that there is a lot to wipe up and that it's a bigger job than you might expect.


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Sorry CJ, can I ask the difference between 'mop' and 'mop up'? And also 'wipe' and 'wipe up'?

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Tara2 'wipe'

Wipe the white board.
Wipe up the dust.

Wipe up means that there is some large particles of dirt or debris that will be taken up in the cleaning cloth and shaken out and dumped in a bin.

"Up" is not necessary.

Wipe your nose.

I never use "up."

Tara2 'mop'

Mop the floors.
Mop up the floors.

The second might imply that the floors are extremely dirty and require a lot more effort.

"Mop up" is used in a military context. "Mopping up operations"

It is when the battle has been won, and there are small pockets of enemy positions left to be defeated.

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'up' is often added to focus on the fact that the job is finished. In that usage it's usually optional.

While you're doing it, you probably say I'm mopping the floor. When the job is finished you can add 'up' if you want: I mopped the floor or I mopped up the floor.