on the carpet
phrasal before an authority for censure or reproof <
got called on the carpet by his boss
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on the carpet — When you are called to the bosses office (since supposedly, they are the only ones who have carpet) and its definitely not for a good reason, i.e., you are in trouble, something has not gone according to plan and either maybe you are responsible… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • on the carpet — ► on the carpet informal being severely reprimanded by someone in authority. Main Entry: ↑carpet …   English terms dictionary

  • on the carpet — adverb (or adjective) 1. : under consideration or deliberation he nodded and asked was there something fresh on the carpet F.W.Crofts 2. : before an authority for censure or reproof called a salesman on the carpet and reprimanded him for not… …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the carpet — 1. adjective Being reprimanded or carpeted. Policewoman Mitchell was on the carpet only three weeks ago for appearing as a character witness for three burglary suspects. 2. adverb In or into a situation where one is reprimanded. Whenever a… …   Wiktionary

  • on the carpet — asked to explain a mistake, give me the third degree    Tom s on the carpet because he lost company documents …   English idioms

  • on the carpet — See: CALL ON THE CARPET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the carpet — See: CALL ON THE CARPET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ the\ carpet — See: call on the carpet …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on the carpet — on the day s agenda …   English contemporary dictionary

  • on the carpet — informal being severely reprimanded by someone in authority. [from carpet referring to the covering of the table before which one would be summoned for reprimand.] → carpet …   English new terms dictionary

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