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call someone on the carpet

verb phrase

To reprimand or summon for a reprimand; CHEW someone OUT

[1890s+; probably fr early 19th-century British walk the carpet, having the same sense and based upon a servant's being called into the parlor to be reprimanded]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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