Margaret Drabble's new memoir, The Pattern in the carpet , has just been published.
As for disloyal Democrats, you need to yank the carpet out from under them.
For 150 years its mortifying confusions have been swept under the carpet with the court adjudication “stubborn child.”
The carpet is stained from the door to the window with red wine.
In a strapless platinum sheath covered in paiettes by Armani Prive, Anne Hathaway shimmered on the carpet.
The little fruit-top will not spin on a carpet or any rough, uneven surface.
A sunbeam struck across the carpet and it looked like a bed of flowers.
The carpet bagger when not fighting the pestiferous vermin in the Chickahominy swamps was pilfering.
He laid them back on the carpet and meditated for some time, still on his knees.
Robert stood still, with his pale, shocked face bent upon the carpet.
late 13c., "coarse cloth;" mid-14c., "tablecloth, bedspread;" from Old French carpite "heavy decorated cloth, carpet," from Medieval Latin or Old Italian carpita "thick woolen cloth," probably from Latin carpere "to card, pluck," probably so called because it was made from unraveled, shreded, "plucked" fabric; from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest (n.)). Meaning shifted 15c. to floor coverings.
From 16c.-19c. as an adjective often with a tinge of contempt, when used of men (e.g. carpet-knight, 1570s) by association with luxury, ladies' boudoirs, and drawing rooms. On the carpet "summoned for reprimand" is 1900, U.S. colloquial (but cf. carpet (v.) "call (someone) to be reprimanded," 1823, British servants' slang). To sweep or push something under the carpet in the figurative sense is first recorded 1953.
"to cover with a carpet," 1620s, from carpet (n.). Meaning "call to reprimand" is from 1840. Related: Carpeted; carpeting.