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call on the carpet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v call on the carpet censure severely or angrily "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car","The deputy ragged the Prime Minister","The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
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Idioms

Call on the carpet - If you are called on the carpet, you are summoned for a reprimand by superiors or others in power.
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Usage

In literature:

I'm not going to be called on the carpet for giving you a sniffle.
"The Breaking Point" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
I've heard the Chancellor is going to call you on the carpet.
"The Vision Spendid" by William MacLeod Raine
Misery was frequently called 'up on the carpet' himself.
"The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell
I called to her, and she stepped on the water, which bore her up as if it were this carpet.
"Uarda, Complete A Romance Of Ancient Egypt" by Georg Ebers
Halkett, the "political" general superintendent, had called Dixon on the carpet for not making time with his train.
"The Grafters" by Francis Lynde
Young Tom Helly, the paid organist, stuck to his post; and next day he was called on the carpet.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
You won't have to call me on the carpet for information about my work after you hire me.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
It was a straight call on the carpet.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
I was lookin' to be called up on the carpet first thing next mornin', but it don't come.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Davis was called on the carpet yesterday and given an opportunity to explain a number of things.
"Penny Nichols Finds a Clue" by Joan Clark
Old man called him up on the carpet one day.
"The Lash" by Olin L. Lyman
I remember calling him, and he flew downstairs four at a time and stamped out the sparks on the carpet.
"The Incendiary" by W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
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In news:

Twenty conservative leaders are calling the media on the carpet for rigging the election.
Mike Daisey calls America's theater establishment on the carpet .
Walk the Plank Interface Hospitality Carpet manufacturer Interface Hospitality is expanding on the "skinny" plank design with a new series for corridor applications called Walk the Plank .
It was called on the carpet.
City council calls Entergy New Orleans execs on the carpet.
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In science:

Why do the neurobiologists get a free pass while evolutionary geneticists get called on the carpet? When neurobiologists talk about information, they have two things going for them.
The transmission sense of information
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