call (someone) on the carpet

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to make a request or demand

  3. : to utter a characteristic note or cry

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

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

  3. : an instrument used for calling

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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

  2. : a surface or layer resembling or suggesting a carpet


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