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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 (one) on the carpet

To scold, rebuke, or reprimand someone. When my team lost that big client, the boss called me on the carpet.
See also: call, carpet, on

roll 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 rolled 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 great or elaborate hospitality, ceremony, or fanfare. Since Jake is their only child, Robert and Sarah always roll out the red carpet for him whenever he returns home from college. We're just popping by for a cup of tea and a quick catch-up, no need to roll out the red carpet!
See also: carpet, out, red, roll

sweep (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. Nothing will get resolved like that!
See also: carpet, sweep

on the carpet

1. In a position to be facing reprimand. When my team lost that big client, the boss called me on the carpet.
2. Under discussion or consideration. We don't have time to discuss those issues, but don't worry, they'll be on the carpet the next time we meet.
See also: carpet, on

be on the carpet

1. To be facing rebuke from someone. When my team lost that big client, I knew I'd be the one on the carpet with my boss.
2. To be under discussion or consideration. We don't have time to discuss those issues, but don't worry, they'll be on the carpet the next time we meet.
See also: carpet, on

blood on the carpet

A serious conflict within a group. There will be blood on the carpet once she becomes head of the company and starts firing all of her enemies.
See also: blood, carpet, on

pull the carpet (out) from under (someone's) feet

To suddenly or unexpectedly remove or rescind support, help, or assistance from someone; to abruptly leave someone in a problematic or difficult situation. I felt like someone had pulled the carpet out from under my feet when my health insurance said it was going to stop paying for my medical bills. I'd love to up and quit my job, but I just can't pull the carpet from under their feet like that.
See also: carpet, feet, pull

the red carpet

A welcome or reception for someone marked by great or elaborate hospitality, ceremony, or fanfare. Often used after the phrasal verbs "roll/put out." Can be hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. The theater rolled out the red carpet for the duke, who was attending the opening night of the play that evening. We're just popping by for a cup of tea and a quick catch-up, no need to put out the red carpet! Since Jake is their only child, Robert and Sarah give him the red-carpet treatment whenever he returns home from college.
See also: carpet, red

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

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

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.
See also: blood, carpet, on

on the carpet

BRITISH
If someone is on the carpet, they are in trouble for doing something wrong. The 22-year-old bad boy of English cricket was on the carpet again this week for arguing with the umpire. Note: You can also call someone on the carpet. In my hospital, if I allowed a nurse to work alongside me without wearing gloves, I'd be called on the carpet immediately for not protecting our staff. Note: This expression may refer to a piece of carpet in front of a desk where someone stands while being reprimanded. Alternatively, it could refer to an employer calling a servant into one of the best rooms in the house, which would have a carpet, in order to reprimand them.
See also: carpet, on

roll out the red carpet

If you roll out the red carpet for someone, especially someone famous or important, you give them a special welcome and treat them as an honoured guest. The museum staff rolled out the red carpet; although it was a Sunday, the deputy director came in especially to show us round. The red carpet was rolled out for Mr Honecker during his visit to Bonn in 1987. Note: You can also talk about red carpet treatment or a red carpet welcome. Last week he gave the red carpet treatment to some of Spain's most right-wing business people. Officials gave him a red-carpet welcome at the Government Guest House. Note: When royalty or other important guests visit a country, a strip of red carpet is often put on the ground for them to walk on.
See also: carpet, out, red, roll

sweep something under the carpet

BRITISH
COMMON If you sweep a problem under the carpet, you try to hide it and forget about it. People often hope that if they sweep something under the carpet the problem will go away, but that is not the case. Note: Verbs such as brush and push are sometimes used instead of sweep. The problem has been brushed under the carpet for decades. Note: The usual American expression is sweep something under the rug.
See also: carpet, something, sweep

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

a magic carpet

a means of sudden and effortless travel.
In fairy tales, a magic carpet is able to transport a person sitting on it to any place they desire.
See also: carpet, magic

on the carpet

1 (of a topic or problem) under discussion. 2 (of a person) being severely reprimanded by someone in authority. informal
Carpet in both these senses originally meant ‘table covering’, and referred to ‘the carpet of the council table’, a table around which a problem was debated (as in sense 1) or before which a person would be summoned for reprimand (as in sense 2). The informal use of carpet as a verb meaning ‘reprove’ dates from mid 19th century.
See also: carpet, on

sweep something under the carpet

hide or ignore a problem or difficulty in the hope that it will be forgotten.
1996 Iain Pears Death & Restoration Many others would merely have swept all our problems under the carpet, and left them until they became too difficult to solve.
See also: carpet, something, sweep

the red carpet

used in reference to privileged treatment of a distinguished visitor.
See also: carpet, red

be on the ˈcarpet

(informal, especially American English) be criticized, especially by an employer or somebody in authority, because you have done something wrong: She’s on the carpet for spending too much of the company’s money on entertaining guests.
See also: carpet, on

sweep/brush something under the ˈcarpet

(American English also sweep something under the ˈrug) (informal) hide something which might cause trouble, or which you do not want other people to know: No matter how unwelcome the results of the enquiry may be, they must not be swept under the carpet.

pull the ˌcarpet/ˌrug out from under somebody’s ˈfeet

(informal) take the help, support or confidence away from somebody suddenly: I was just about to ask her out when she pulled the rug out from under my feet by telling me she’s getting married next month.The bank’s pulled the carpet out from under his feet, unfortunately. It looks as if he’ll have to sell the business.
See also: carpet, feet, out, pull, rug

the red ˈcarpet

a very special welcome given to an important visitor: When I went to my girlfriend’s house for the first time, her family really put out the red carpet for me.It was an unofficial visit so the guests didn’t get the usual red carpet treatment.
A strip of red carpet is usually laid on the ground for an important visitor to walk on when he or she arrives.
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 ?
Having made this arrangement with great despatch, he assisted Mary in the long-deferred occupation of shaking the carpets.
So long as the shaking lasts, and the two parties are kept the carpet's length apart, it is as innocent an amusement as can well be devised; but when the folding begins, and the distance between them gets gradually lessened from one half its former length to a quarter, and then to an eighth, and then to a sixteenth, and then to a thirty-second, if the carpet be long enough, it becomes dangerous.
In the agonies of composition, the elderly gentleman looked sometimes at the carpet, sometimes at the ceiling, and sometimes at the wall; and when neither carpet, ceiling, nor wall afforded the requisite degree of inspiration, he looked out of the window.
As soon as the last bit of desert was passed and all the procession, from the beautiful and dainty Ozma to the last soldier, had reached the grassy meadows of the Land of Ev, the magic carpet rolled itself together and entirely disappeared.
And then there's the rope"--and having done with the carpet the speaker lifted his hands and put them in his pocket, but continued unaffectedly on his knees--"in what conceivable intoxication would anybody try to put a rope round a man's neck and finally put it round his leg?
As he spoke he turned over another portion of the carpet, and there, sure enough, was a great crimson spill upon the square white facing of the old-fashioned floor.
The two stains did correspond, but the carpet has been turned round.
Holmes, to tell them that the carpet must have been turned round.
When she saw that mark on the carpet, down she dropped on the floor, and lay as if she were dead.
I know of your visit to Eduardo Lucas, of your giving him this document, of your ingenious return to the room last night, and of the manner in which you took the letter from the hiding-place under the carpet.
But to the chamber which lies most westwardly of the seven, there are now none of the maskers who venture; for the night is waning away; and there flows a ruddier light through the blood-coloured panes; and the blackness of the sable drapery appals; and to him whose foot falls upon the sable carpet, there comes from the near clock of ebony a muffled peal more solemnly emphatic than any which reaches their ears who indulged in the more remote gaieties of the other apartments.
There was a sharp cry--and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero.
Whatever your budget or design plans, the staff at Whiston Carpets & Blinds believe they will have something perfect for you among the 10,000 sq yd of carpets and flooring in stock.
While many carpets are suitable for use throughout the home, some have a more luxurious feel, perfect for areas of light foot traffic such as bedrooms.
The box type carpet cleaners come with pump pressure of 220 psi, water column lift of 160 inches, and air flow of 110 cfm to ensure exceptionally clean carpets to satisfy those in maintenance as well as impress customers.