Mop vs Broomstick - What's the difference?
As a symbol mop
is macanese pataca.
As a noun broomstick is
the handle of a broom - a tool used to sweep the floor.
An implement for washing floors, or the like, made of a piece of cloth, or a collection of thrums, or coarse yarn, fastened to a handle.
(humorous) A dense head of hair.
(British, dialect) A fair where servants are hired.
(British, dialect) The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet.
- He ran a comb through his mop and hurried out the door.
A made-up face; a grimace.
* (rfdate) (Francis Beaumont) and
* 1610 , , act 4 scene 1
- What mops and mowes it makes! --
- Before you can say 'Come' and 'Go,'
- And breathe twice; and cry 'so, so,'
- Each one, tripping on his toe,
- Will be here with mop and mow.
* mop squeezer
* mop water
* German: (l)
To rub, scrub, clean or wipe with a mop, or as if with a mop.
- to mop (or scrub) a floor
To make a wry expression with the mouth.
- to mop one's face with a handkerchief
the handle of a broom - a tool used to sweep the floor
(witchcraft) A broom, imbued with magic enabling one to fly riding the handle.
* 1997, Diana Wynne Jones, Witch Week [http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF-8&hl=en&vid=ISBN0688155456&id=IROChlxeg6cC&pg=PA97&lpg=PA97&sig=60X6n2mPiX5qOzn6wsBdOsI3Z4o]
*: She really was a witch now. No one but a witch could fly a broomstick .
* 1999 ISBN 0439136369
*: Harry ripped the parcel open and gasped as a magnificent, gleaming broomstick rolled out onto his bedspread. [...] It was a Firebolt, identical to the dream broom Harry had gone to see every day in Diagon Alley.
* 2002, [http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF-8&hl=en&vid=ISBN0061020613&id=mlChCK02ZcsC&pg=PA97&lpg=PA97&sig=M6bZxGZ3QzBQVc05HDkwTm6J1sk]
*: Greebo, hiccuping occasionally, oozed into his accustomed place among the bristles of Nanny’s broomstick . As they rose above the forest a thin plume of smoke also rose from the castle.
* 2003, David Pickering, Cassell's Dictionary of Superstitions [http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF-8&hl=en&vid=ISBN0304365610&id=DIk63zaZTN4C&lpg=PA90&pg=PA89&sig=CEs80mATVHl_OKLt_wCv-IybcMw]
*: Most people are familiar with the age-old superstition that witches fly on broomsticks to their covens (though they were formerly also reputed to use shovels, cleft sticks, eggshells, ANIMALS and other means of flight).