blood on the carpet

blood on the carpet

If there is blood on the carpet, there is trouble within an organization as a result of a struggle between people or groups. `There will be blood on the carpet,' commented one insider, `if this scheme fails'. They seemed to be able to work together without too much blood on the carpet.
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blood on the carpet

used to refer in an exaggerated way to a serious disagreement or its aftermath.
1984 Times The last thing I want now is blood on the boardroom carpet.
See also: blood, carpet, on