Idiom: Call You on the Carpet

Today’s Friday.  Did your week go well?  I hope you are on cloud nine and not…


When John’s sales figures dropped his bossed called him on the carpet.

This idiom means: to reprimand a subordinate or as for an explanation of their actions

This idiom dates back to the 1800s when servants would be called from their living quarters, which were not carpeted, to the master’s parlor to be scolded or reprimanded.

And what about on cloud nine?

This idiom means: feeling elated or happy

This idiom may come from the number classification meteorologists use for clouds with the number nine assigned to the cumulus clouds which are the big, puffy comfortable looking clouds.

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