(UK) To reprimand.
- In a position of being reprimanded by one in authority:
was called on the carpet for cheating.
- Under discussion or consideration:
Important matters will be on the carpet at today's meeting.
- under consideration
- before someone in authority, in order to be reprimanded
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Origin of Carpet
Middle English from Old French carpite from Medieval Latin carpīta from Old Italian carpita from carpire to pluck from Latin carpere kerp- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French carpite, from Medieval Latin carpita, the past participle of carpere (“to pluck”).
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