carpet NOUN 1) a floor covering made from thick woven fabric. 2) a large rug. 3) a thick or soft expanse or layer: a carpet of bluebells.
VERB (carpeted, carpeting) 1) cover with a carpet. 2) Brit. informal reprimand severely.
on the carpet — Cf. ↑on the carpet
sweep under the carpet — Cf. ↑sweep under the carpet
DERIVATIVES carpeting noun.
ORIGIN originally denoting a thick cover for a table or bed: from obsolete Italian carpita 'woollen counterpane' , from Latin carpere 'pluck, pull to pieces' ; the phrase «on the carpet» and the related verb sense are in reference to the covering over the council table before which one would be summoned.

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