carpet

[ kahr-pit ]
/ ˈkɑr pɪt /

noun

verb (used with object)

to cover or furnish with or as with a carpet.
Chiefly British. to reprimand.

Idioms

    on the carpet,
    1. 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.
    2. Chiefly British. under consideration or discussion.

Origin of carpet

1300–50; Middle English carpete cloth covering for a table, floor, bed, etc. < Middle French carpite or Medieval Latin carpīta < Italian carpita woolen bedspread < Vulgar Latin *carpīta, past participle of carpīre, for Latin carpere to pluck, card (wool)

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British Dictionary definitions for carpet

carpet

/ (ˈkɑːpɪt) /

noun

  1. a heavy fabric for covering floors
  2. (as modifier)a carpet sale
a covering like a carpeta carpet of leaves
on the carpet informal
  1. before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error
  2. under consideration

verb -pets, -peting or -peted (tr)

to cover with or as if with a carpet
informal to reprimand

Word Origin for carpet

C14: from Old French carpite, from Old Italian carpita, from Late Latin carpeta, literally: (wool) that has been carded, from Latin carpere to pluck, card
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Idioms and Phrases with carpet

carpet

see call on the carpet; red carpet. Also see under rug.


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