Mop vs Broomstick - What's the difference?

mop | broomstick |


As a symbol mop

is macanese pataca.

As a noun broomstick is

the handle of a broom - a tool used to sweep the floor.

mop

English

Noun

(en noun) (wikipedia mop)
  • 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.
  • He ran a comb through his mop and hurried out the door.
  • (British, dialect) A fair where servants are hired.
  • (British, dialect) The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet.
  • (Halliwell)
  • A made-up face; a grimace.
  • * (rfdate) (Francis Beaumont) and
  • What mops and mowes it makes! --
  • * 1610 , , act 4 scene 1
  • 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.

    Derived terms

    * mophead * mop squeezer * mop water

    Descendants

    * German: (l)

    Verb

    (mopp)
  • To rub, scrub, clean or wipe with a mop, or as if with a mop.
  • to mop (or scrub) a floor
    to mop one's face with a handkerchief
  • To make a wry expression with the mouth.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Anagrams

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    broomstick

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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.
  • Quotations

    * 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).