[ kahr-pit ]
/ ˈkɑr pɪt /
a heavy fabric, commonly of wool or nylon, for covering floors.
a covering of this material.
any relatively soft surface or covering like a carpet: They walked on the carpet of grass.
any of a number of airborne electronic devices for jamming radar.
a system of such devices.
verb (used with object)
to cover or furnish with or as with a carpet.
Chiefly British. to reprimand.
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- 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.
on the carpet,
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)
car·pet·less, adjectivecar·pet·like, adjectivere·car·pet, verb (used with object)un·car·pet·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on the carpet
/ (ˈkɑːpɪt) /
- a heavy fabric for covering floors
- (as modifier)a carpet sale
a covering like a carpeta carpet of leaves
on the carpet informal
- before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error
- 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 on the carpet (1 of 2)
on the carpet
see call on the carpet.
Idioms and Phrases with on the carpet (2 of 2)
see call on the carpet; red carpet. Also see under rug.
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