Called On(to) The Carpet - Repost

Posted by TheFallen on February 14, 2003

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: called on the carpet, meaning "to be disciplined severely...
Is this a common phrase in the UK also? Can anyone help with its origin and similar phrases with similar meaning? This is a seventh grade class discussion, and again, we do appreciate this site!

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The UK version of this phrase was normally simply just "carpeted" or "to carpet someone". It's fallen entirely into disuse, and nowadays one would never hear or see it on speech or text. There was a previous discussion here on the origins of the phrase "called on(to) the carpet" and a link to the appropriate section of the archives is provided below.