verb (used with object)
- before an authority or superior for an accounting of one's actions or a reprimand: He was called on the carpet again for his carelessness.
- Chiefly British. under consideration or discussion.
Origin of carpet
Examples from the Web for carpet
The carpet is stained from the door to the window with red wine.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His father, Hassan, is a carpet merchant with close relations to senior members of the conservative Islamic Coalition Party.Iran’s Blogfather Walks Free After Six Years in Jail|IranWire|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it is a situation impossible to brush under the carpet because the Confederacy transformed the Union.
But Friday morning, the monthly jobs report dumped a steaming pile of caution on the carpet.
The fact that Israel gets called on the carpet so often is wrapped in a multitude of sometimes contradictory factors.Yes, Virginia, There is Anti-Israel Bias at the U.N.|Emily L. Hauser|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There, Judy, keep back for a moment; it will get upon the carpet, and spoil it if we are not as quick as possible.A Young Mutineer|Mrs. L. T. Meade
The carpet of the room had been taken up for the summer, and the floor was of dark red tiles, waxed and immaculate.Cecilia|F. Marion Crawford
The carpet was of the same date as the curtains, and was thread-bare in many places; and in others was covered with drugget.Wives and Daughters|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
The rain had stopped now and the lawn under his feet was soggy and water-beaten like a carpet that has been left out in a storm.The Rest Hollow Mystery|Rebecca N. Porter
Yet as amici curiae, we would have thought that that Tottenham Road carpet might have been kept out of Court.
British Dictionary definitions for carpet
- a heavy fabric for covering floors
- (as modifier)a carpet sale
- before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error
- under consideration
verb -pets, -peting or -peted (tr)
Word Origin for carpet
Idioms and Phrases with carpet
see call on the carpet; red carpet. Also see under rug.