Summon for a scolding or rebuke, as in Suspecting a leak to the press, the governor called his press secretary on the carpet. This term began as on the carpet, which in the early 1700s referred to a cloth (carpet) covering a conference table and therefore came to mean “under consideration or discussion.” In 19th-century America, however, carpet meant “floor covering,” and the expression, first recorded in 1902, alluded to being called before or reprimanded by a person rich or powerful enough to have a carpet.
call (def 52). to cry out in a loud voice; shout: He called her name to see if she was home. to command or request to come; summon: to call a dog; to call a cab; to call a witness. to ask or invite to come: Will you call the family to dinner? to communicate […]
an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate. a command of a court or judge. a command or notice issued by a military organization or a military commander to troops, sailors, etc. the disposition of things following one after another, as in space or time; succession or sequence: The names were listed in alphabetical order. a […]
an act or instance of calling out. an order to report for emergency or special work, especially at an unusual time or place. a letter, number, or other device for identifying or calling attention to a particular part of an illustration. a challenge to a duel.
a black or dark-brown combustible mineral substance consisting of carbonized vegetable matter, used as a fuel. Compare anthracite, bituminous coal, lignite. a piece of glowing, charred, or burned wood or other combustible substance. charcoal (def 1). to burn to coal or charcoal. to provide with coal. to take in coal for fuel. heap coals of […]