call (someone) on the carpet

Definition of call (someone) on the carpet

US, informal

  1. :  to criticize (someone) for doing something wrong <He was/got called on the carpet for missing the deadline.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance :  shout

    :  to make a request or demand

    :  to utter a characteristic note or cry

  1. :  an act of calling with the voice :  shout

    :  an imitation of the cry of a bird or other animal made to attract it

    :  an instrument used for calling

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a heavy often tufted fabric used as a floor covering

    :  a floor covering made of this fabric

    :  a surface or layer resembling or suggesting a carpet

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