on the tapis

tapis

[tap-ee, tap-is, ta-pee]
noun, plural tapis.
1.
Obsolete. a carpet, tapestry, or other covering.
Idioms
2.
on the tapis, under consideration or discussion: A new housing development for that area is on the tapis.

Origin:
1485–95; < Middle French; Old French tapizGreek tapḗtion little carpet, equivalent to tapēt- (stem of tápēs) carpet + -ion diminutive suffix

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tapis (ˈtæpiː, ˈtæpɪ, French tapi)
 
n , pl tapis
tapestry or carpeting, esp as formerly used to cover a table in a council chamber
 
[C17: from French, from Old French tapiz, from Greek tapētion rug, from tapēs carpet]

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