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brush (something) under the carpet

To ignore, deny, or conceal from public view or knowledge something that is embarrassing, unappealing, or damaging to one's reputation. The senator has been accused of trying to sweep his former drug use under the carpet. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the carpet.
See also: brush, carpet

put out the red carpet (for someone)

1. Literally, to unroll a large red rug or carpet for a very distinguished or important guest to walk on. The theater put out the red carpet for the duke, who was attending the opening night of the play that evening.
2. By extension, to welcome someone with a great or elaborate display of hospitality, ceremony, or fanfare. Since Jake was their only child, Robert and Sarah always put out the red carpet for him whenever he returned home from college. We're just popping by for a cup of tea and a quick catch-up, no need to put out the red carpet!
See also: carpet, out, put, red

drug on the market

Something that is not in great demand because it is abundantly available. Mobile phones are a drug on the market these days, which is why they're so affordable.
See also: drug, market, on

magic carpet

A carpet capable of propelling itself through the air, usually as people ride on it. Typically featured in fantasy stories and fairy tales. My kids love hearing fantastical stories that are full of monsters, spells, and magic carpet rides.
See also: carpet, magic

under the carpet

Kept secret or hidden from view, usually due to one's misfortune or embarrassment. The phrase is typically used with the verbs "sweep" and "brush," likened to how dirt would be swept under a carpet to hastily hide it. We need to sweep this scandal under the carpet as soon as possible. I was so mortified by my mistake that I immediately tried to brush it under the carpet.
See also: carpet

call someone on the carpet

 and haul someone on the carpet
Fig. to reprimand a person. (When done by someone of clear superiority. Haul is stronger than call.) One more error like that and the big boss will call you on the carpet. I'm sorry it went wrong. I really hope the regional manager doesn't call me on the carpet again.
See also: call, carpet, on

*red-carpet treatment

Fig. very special treatment; royal treatment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I love to go to fancy stores where I get the red-carpet treatment. The queen expects to get the red-carpet treatment wherever she goes.
See also: treatment

roll out the red carpet

 (for someone)
1. Lit. to unwind a roll of red carpet for someone important to walk on. The city council decided to roll out the red carpet for the visit of the foreign prince.
2. Fig. to give someone treatment befitting royalty. The citizens of the small community enjoyed rolling out the red carpet for important visitors.
See also: carpet, out, red, roll

sweep something under the carpet

1. Lit. to hide dirt by brushing it away under the edge of a carpet. He was in such a hurry with the cleaning that he just swept the dirt under the carpet. She swept the dirt under the carpet, hoping no one would find it.
2. Fig. to hide or ignore something. You made a mistake that you can't sweep under the carpet. Don't try to sweep it under the carpet. You are wrong!
See also: carpet, sweep

sweep something under the carpet

to hide something embarrassing sweep something under the rug The problem is usually ignored or swept under the carpet.
See also: carpet, sweep

roll out the red carpet (for somebody)

to give a special welcome to someone important This city has rolled out the red carpet for women's fashion buyers and the media.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of red carpet ( a thick red covering for a floor or other surface that is put down for important guests to walk on)
See also: carpet, out, red, roll

on the carpet

to be in trouble with someone in authority He's going to be on the carpet for his rudeness.
See sweep under the carpet
See also: carpet, on

roll out the red carpet

to give an important person a special welcome The red carpet was rolled out for the President's visit.
See also: carpet, out, red, roll

sweep something under the carpet

  (British, American & Australian) also sweep something under the mat/rug (American & Australian)
to try to hide a problem or keep a problem secret instead of dealing with it The incident has forced into the open an issue that the government would rather have swept under the carpet. The evidence was on film and the police couldn't just sweep it under the rug.
See also: carpet, sweep

call on the carpet

Summon for a scolding or rebuke, as in Suspecting a leak to the press, the governor called his press secretary on the carpet. This term began as on the carpet, which in the early 1700s referred to a cloth (carpet) covering a conference table and therefore came to mean "under consideration or discussion." In 19th-century America, however, carpet meant "floor covering," and the expression, first recorded in 1902, alluded to being called before or reprimanded by a person rich or powerful enough to have a carpet.
See also: call, carpet, on

drug on the market

A commodity whose supply greatly exceeds the demand for it. For example, Now that asbestos is considered dangerous, asbestos tile is a drug on the market. The use of the noun drug in the sense of "something overabundant" (as opposed to a medicine or narcotic) dates from the mid-1600s, but the first record of the full expression, put as drug in the market, dates only from the 1830s.
See also: drug, market, on

red carpet

Honorary treatment, lavish hospitality, as in We'll have to get out the red carpet for the President's visit. This term comes from the literal practice of rolling out a carpet to welcome a royal or other esteemed guest, and indeed is often put as roll out the red carpet. [Early 1900s]
See also: carpet, red

laugh at the carpet

in. to vomit; to vomit on a carpet. Tom bent over and laughed at the carpet, much to the embarrassment of the entire group.
See also: carpet, laugh

on the carpet

1. In a position of being reprimanded by one in authority: was called on the carpet for cheating.
2. Under discussion or consideration: Important matters will be on the carpet at today's meeting.
See also: carpet, on

roll out the red carpet

To welcome with great hospitality or ceremony.
See also: carpet, out, red, roll
References in classic literature ?
The carpet - of Saxony material - is quite half an inch thick, and is of the same crimson ground, relieved simply by the appearance of a gold cord (like that festooning the curtains) slightly relieved above the surface of the ground, and thrown upon it in such a manner as to form a succession of short irregular curves - one occasionally overlaying the other.
He was only a boy, as she was only a girl--two young things on the threshold of life, house- renting and buying carpets together.
The Ladies' Aid bought it for me--and wasn't it lovely of them, when they wanted the carpet so?
She had previously made a respectful virgin-like curtsey to the gentleman, and her modest eyes gazed so perseveringly on the carpet that it was a wonder how she should have found an opportunity to see him.
That money went to buy better carpets and a better stove.
So you would carpet your room - or your husband's room, if you were a grown woman, and had a husband - with representations of flowers, would you?
Sam was so very busy with his own thoughts, that it is probable he would have taken no more notice of the young woman than just raising his head and remarking that she had a very neat and pretty figure, if his feelings of gallantry had not been most strongly roused by observing that she had no one to help her, and that the carpets seemed too heavy for her single strength.
Two women-servants came out with pails and brooms and brushes, and gave the sidewalk a thorough scrubbing; meanwhile two others scrubbed the four marble steps which led up to the door; beyond these we could see some men-servants taking up the carpet of the grand staircase.
An' there'll be peach an' plum trees in bloom against th' walls, an' th' grass'll be a carpet o' flowers.
Altogether, the box was the most ordinary box in the world, with its red hangings, its chairs, its carpet and its ledge covered in red velvet.
The path they were following led them through a wood of pine-trees carpeted with heather and blue-berry, and upon this pleasant carpet, Dick, not without some seriousness, made her sit down.
This dazzling carpet, really a reflector, repelled the rays of the sun with wonderful intensity, which accounted for the vibration which penetrated every atom of liquid.
This mount of bright colours descended diagonally from the first floor to the carpet that covered the sidewalk.
The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue.
His hat tumbled to the carpet, his heavy umbrella slipped between his knees with a thud; he reached after the one and ducked after the other, but with an unimpaired smile on his round face spoke simultaneously as follows: