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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
soaking/sopping/wringing wet (=very wet)
▪ His suit was soaking wet.
▪ A dangerous game, a sop to his conscience, he told himself, and he had his enemies.
▪ Before the election, they often gave the impression that they saw it only as a sop for disaffected left-wing intellectuals.
▪ It was a contemptuous sop of a clue, something they thought they could afford, but it might be useful.
▪ Some critics question its sustainability and others view it as a sop to pacify the poor.
▪ The most substantive problem, which advocates try to hide, is that the flat tax is a sop to the rich.
▪ This latest move is seen mainly as a sop to the increasingly militant, student-led protests demanding an immediate trial.
▪ Yet, underneath all that show of sop and decency was a man utterly fixed on himself, on his own concerns.
▪ Beneath his glass lay a sheet of paper, sopping up wine.
▪ She wanted to sop up whatever it was that drove Carrie away.
▪ The amendment passed, and the Gallos sopped up millions.
▪ Off we went to a rickety bar in Sabinal Mextown and spent an hour sopping up the brew.
▪ Beneath his glass lay a sheet of paper, sopping up wine.
▪ I sat peacefully at the Lopezes' kitchen table as they fed Janir some applesauce and bread sopped in milk.
▪ Off we went to a rickety bar in Sabinal Mextown and spent an hour sopping up the brew.
▪ She wanted to sop up whatever it was that drove Carrie away.
▪ The amendment passed, and the Gallos sopped up millions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sop \Sop\, n. [OE. sop, soppe; akin to AS. s?pan to sup, to sip, to drink, D. sop sop, G. suppe soup, Icel. soppa sop. See Sup, v. t., and cf. Soup.]

  1. Anything steeped, or dipped and softened, in any liquid; especially, something dipped in broth or liquid food, and intended to be eaten.

    He it is to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it.
    --John xiii. 26.

    Sops in wine, quantity, inebriate more than wine itself.

    The bounded waters Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores, And make a sop of all this solid globe.

  2. Anything given to pacify; -- so called from the sop given to Cerberus, as related in mythology.

    All nature is cured with a sop.

  3. A thing of little or no value. [Obs.]
    --P. Plowman.

    Sops in wine (Bot.), an old name of the clove pink, alluding to its having been used to flavor wine.

    Garlands of roses and sops in wine.

    Sops of wine (Bot.), an old European variety of apple, of a yellow and red color, shading to deep red; -- called also sopsavine, and red shropsavine.


Sop \Sop\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sopped; p. pr. & vb. n. Sopping.] To steep or dip in any liquid.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English sopp- "bread soaked in some liquid," (in soppcuppe "cup into which sops are put"), from Proto-Germanic *supp-, related to Old English verb suppan (see sup (v.2)), probably reinforced by Old French soupe (see soup (n.)). Meaning "something given to appease" is from 1660s, a reference to the sops given by the Sibyl to Cerberus in the "Aeneid."


Old English soppian, from the source of sop (n.). Related: Sopped; sopping.


n. 1 Something entirely soaked. 2 A piece of solid food to be soaked in liquid food. 3 Something given or done to pacify or bribe. 4 A weak, easily frightened or ineffectual person; a milksop 5 gravy. (context Appalachian English) 6 (context obsolete English) A thing of little or no value. vb. To steep or dip in any liquid.

  1. v. give a conciliatory gift or bribe to

  2. be or become thoroughly soaked or saturated with a liquid [syn: soak through]

  3. dip into liquid; "sop bread into the sauce"

  4. mop so as to leave a semi-dry surface; "swab the floors"

  5. become thoroughly soaked or saturated with liquid

  6. cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face" [syn: drench, douse, dowse, soak, souse]

  7. [also: sopping, sopped]

  1. n. piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid [syn: sops]

  2. a concession given to mollify or placate; "the offer was a sop to my feelings"

  3. a prescribed procedure to be followed routinely; "rote memorization has been the educator's standard operating procedure for centuries" [syn: standing operating procedure, standard operating procedure, standard procedure]

  4. [also: sopping, sopped]


A sop is a piece of bread or toast that is drenched in liquid and then eaten. In medieval cuisine, sops were very common; they were served with broth, soup or wine, and then picked apart into smaller pieces to soak in the liquid. At elaborate feasts, bread was often pre-cut into finger-sized pieces rather than broken off by the diners themselves. French onion soup, which took its current form in the 18th century, can be considered a modern-day sop.

The word soup is a cognate of sop, both stemming ultimately from the same Germanic source. The word is mentioned prominently in the Bible, King James Version (emphasis added):

In 19th century Australia, sop referred to a dish consisting of stale damper, soaked in cold tea and served with a dollop of jam on top for taste. This was mainly used in prisons and poor-houses, as well as institutions such as asylums. Sop colloquially stood for shit-on-plate and was not a desirable dish to be served.

SOP (variety show)

SOP'' (Sobrang Okey, Pare!'') was a Philippine noontime musical variety show aired by GMA Network. The show airs from 12:00nn-3:00pm on Sundays. The show was broadcast from Studio 7 at the GMA Network Studio Annex. The show title stands for "Sobrang Okey, Pare!" a Filipino expression which connotes enjoyment and appreciation of a particular thing that catches the imagination of the people. The title was coined by a group of GMA executives (led by Wilma Galvante) in early 1997 who conceptualized an interactive musical-variety show to replace the long-running GMA Supershow.

Spinoffs and later forms of the show include SOP Rules, SOP Gigsters, and SOP Fully Charged.

Usage examples of "sop".

The angioplasty to Breit was just a sop, kid stuff, until the knives could descend.

And can the magician a fortune divine Without lily, germander, and sops in wine?

With hither and thither, as straight as a line, With lily, germander, and sops in wine.

Duke, a Duke who wears green, In lands where the sun and the moon do not shine, With lily, germander, and sops in wine.

Aubrey did live there lived no poor, The lord and the beggar on roots did dine With lily, germander, and sops in wine.

And Life is a nymph who will never be thine, With lily, germander, and sops in wine.

Holding his crippled hand away from his body with the fingers curled into a throbbing fist to hide the sopping bandage, he began to walk toward the elevator on legs that seemed jointless and ten yards long.

Hij liet Reyes een tijdje in zijn sop gaar koken voordat hij verder ging met het ophalen van herinneringen.

For thirteen more lunchless hours, they zigzagged among mossy boulders and through sopping streamers of feverish heat, attended by squadrons of black flies that refused to quit them until a late afternoon downpour literally drowned the biting bugs in midair.

Colonel Mering said, seeming to notice for the first time that the sleeve he was holding onto was sopping wet.

No more than five and a half feet tall, Ogg looked as though he might just tip the scales at 120 pounds, sopping wet.

Daily you pored over page after blank page, imagining you sopped up great stores of knowledge, when really you only mulled facts already planted in your own mind.

Mayor of Riceys, a republican, got up this action as a sop to his people.

From Malaya days, this is what derogatory any form of leadership in the RP rendezvous point regiment has been called, after the Sat nay satellite navigation term for the start of the river scaley signaler course scaley kit signals equipment SF security forces short pistol sitrep situation report SLR self-loading rifle sen sergeant Major SOP standard operating procedure ssm squadron sergeant major stag sentry or sentry duty stand to prepare to defend against attack tab hard long-distance march wirn R.

Sitting the stream bank, Adira sopped her shirt on rocks and rung it out.