red carpet


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red carpet

n.
A carpet laid down for important visitors.
Idiom:
roll out the red carpet
To welcome with great hospitality or ceremony.
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red carpet

n
1. a strip of red carpeting laid for important dignitaries to walk on when arriving or departing
2.
a. deferential treatment accorded to a person of importance
b. (as modifier): the returning hero had a red-carpet reception.
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red′ car′pet


n.
1. a red strip of carpet for high-ranking dignitaries to walk on when entering or leaving a building, vehicle, or the like.
2. a display of courtesy or deference, as that shown to persons of high station.
[1930–35]
red′-car′pet, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.red carpet - a strip of red carpeting laid down for dignitaries to walk onred carpet - a strip of red carpeting laid down for dignitaries to walk on
carpet, carpeting, rug - floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)
Adj.1.red carpet - special treatment or hospitality; "the maitre d' gave them the red-carpet treatment"
uncommon - not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind; "uncommon birds"; "frost and floods are uncommon during these months"; "doing an uncommon amount of business"; "an uncommon liking for money"; "he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability"
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Translations
tapis rouge
vörös szőnyeg
References in classic literature ?
Of course I don't know how much red carpet a trunk could buy, but it ought to buy some, anyhow--much as half an aisle, don't you think?
Part of the Ladies' Aid wanted to buy me a black dress and hat, but the other part thought the money ought to go toward the red carpet they're trying to get--for the church, you know.
At this stage of the proceedings, a narrow bright red carpet was unrolled and stretched from the top of the marble steps to the curbstone, along the center of the black carpet.
This picture comes back to me in the general train--the impression, as I received it on my return, of the wide white panelled space, bright in the lamplight and with its portraits and red carpet, and of the good surprised look of my friend, which immediately told me she had missed me.
Once she faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet.
In the center of the rich red carpet was a black and gold Louis Quinze table, a lovely antique, now sacrilegiously desecrated with marks of glasses and the scars of cigar-stumps.
Brass rods glimmered all up the red carpet. On the first-floor landing a marble woman, decently covered from neck to instep with stone draperies, advanced a row of lifeless toes to the edge of the pedestal, and thrust out blindly a rigid white arm holding a cluster of lights.
The parlor was hung with red curtains, and covered with a red carpet, and looked just as warm as it felt.
She noted the dishes and the strips of red carpet, that outwardly she might give Henry what was proper.
I'll let them know, so that they can have the awning out and the red carpet down.