on the carpet


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on the carpet

  (American)
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

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
References in classic literature ?
Cavendish, startled, drops her candle, scattering the grease on the carpet.
He stood on the carpet in the middle of the room, clutching his hat and stick in one hand; the other hung lifelessly by his side.
In testimony of the extent to which he smarted, Mr Fledgeby came wallowing out of the easy-chair, and took another roll on the carpet.
He looked eagerly in Grandfather's face; and even Charley, a bold, brisk, restless little fellow of nine, sat himself down on the carpet, and resolved to be quiet for at least ten minutes, should the story last so long.
When released from the dizzy embrace, I sat down on the carpet - suddenly, without affectation.
But the louder he spoke, the lower she dropped her once proud and gay, now shame-stricken head, and she bowed down and sank from the sofa where she was sitting, down on the floor, at his feet; she would have fallen on the carpet if he had not held her.