Carpet, n. & v.
1 a thick fabric for covering a floor or stairs. b a piece of this fabric.
2 an expanse or layer resembling a carpet in being smooth, soft, bright, or thick (carpet of snow).
--v.tr. (carpeted, carpeting)
1 cover with or as with a carpet.
2 colloq. reprimand, reprove.
carpet-bag a travelling-bag of a kind orig. made of carpet-like material. carpet-bagger
1 esp. US a political candidate in an area where the candidate has no local connections (orig. a northerner in the southern US after the Civil War).
2 an unscrupulous opportunist. carpet bombing intensive bombing. carpet slipper a kind of slipper with the upper made orig. of carpet-like material. carpet-sweeper a household implement with a revolving brush or brushes for sweeping carpets.
on the carpet
1 colloq. being reprimanded.
2 under consideration. sweep under the carpet conceal (a problem or difficulty) in the hope that it will be forgotten.
ME f. OF carpite or med.L carpita, f. obs. It. carpita woollen counterpane, ult. f. L carpere pluck, pull to pieces
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