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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
laugh at the carpet
1. To laugh in a shy or embarrassed manner. The young start started laughing at the carpet as shouts of amorous admiration were cried out to him from the audience.
2. slang To vomit on the floor, regardless of whether it is carpeted or not. The sight of him puking like that caused me to laugh at the carpet as well.
call someone on the carpetand 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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]
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.
on the carpetBRITISH
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.
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.
sweep something under the carpetBRITISH
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.
blood on the carpetused 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.
a magic carpeta 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.
on the carpet1 (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.
sweep something under the carpethide 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.
the red carpetused in reference to privileged treatment of a distinguished visitor.
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.
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.
the red ˈcarpeta 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.
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.
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.
roll out the red carpet
To welcome with great hospitality or ceremony.