Definition of on the carpet in English:

on the carpet


  • Being severely reprimanded by someone in authority.

    ‘we've all been on the carpet for the chances we took’
    • ‘So, psychiatry has a problem here, they are rightly being called on the carpet for lack of science.’
    • ‘He is on the carpet for charging £300 on his expenses for a kilt jacket and the hacks have gone potty.’
    • ‘We must call them on the carpet when they infer that steroids and supplements are one and the same.’
    • ‘Unusually, he found himself on the carpet when he went back to basics to mark NHS Week.’
    • ‘But he must now work under a man who has not hesitated to call him on the carpet.’