on the carpet

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

on the carpet

  1. Being reprimanded or carpeted.
    • 1915, "Ellison Must Go, Police Now Think," New York Times, 4 Jan., p. 18 (retrieved 12 Sep. 2008),
      Whenever a policeman made a mistake he was either brought on the carpet before the Mayor or rebuked by the Magistrate.
    • 1950, "Policewoman Suspended Over Delay," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 28 Mar., p. 1 (retrieved 12 Sep. 2008),
      Policewoman Mitchell was on the carpet only three weeks ago for appearing as a character witness for three burglary suspects.
  2. Under consideration; being the subject of deliberation.

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