call (someone) on the carpet


US, informal
: to criticize (someone) for doing something wrong
He was/got called on the carpet for missing the deadline.

Dictionary Entries Near call (someone) on the carpet

Cite this Entry

“Call (someone) on the carpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Fashionable Words

  • dog-sunglasses-scarf
  • Which of these items is named for a deadly weapon?
Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?