call\ on\ the\ carpet

v. phr. informal
To call (a person) before an authority (as a boss or teacher) for a scolding or reprimand.

The worker was called on the carpet by the boss for sleeping on the job.

The principal called Tom on the carpet and warned him to stop coming to school late.


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