verb (used with object)
- carpenterworm moth,
- carpentier, alejo,
- carpet beetle,
- carpet bombing,
- carpet bowling,
- carpet grass,
- carpet knight
- 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.
- 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
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.
see call on the carpet; red carpet. Also see under rug.