informal Being severely reprimanded by someone in authority: we’ve all been on the carpet for the chances we took
Possibly from carpet in the sense 'table covering', referring to ‘the carpet of the council table’, before which one would be summoned for reprimand; or simply referring to the carpet in front of a superior's desk
More example sentences
- But he must now work under a man who has not hesitated to call him on the carpet.
- Unusually, he found himself on the carpet when he went back to basics to mark NHS Week.
- He is on the carpet for charging £300 on his expenses for a kilt jacket and the hacks have gone potty.
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