Definition of on the carpet in English:
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.
Definition of on the carpet in:
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