...roll back the living room carpet...


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When people are about to throw a party... "They turn on the stereo. They break out the best Scotch. They roll back the living room carpet and ring up the neighbors"...

I wonder "they roll back the living room carpet" means to unfold and spead the carpet back to the living room floor? or to roll the carpet and take it away?
  • katie_here

    Senior Member
    Hi May,

    Its from the 50/60's I think when people had wooden floors and rugs rather than fitted carpet. To make it easier to dance, they would take up the carpet from the floor.

    I suspect now, with the fashion for laminate flooring and rugs, the expression might get a second outing!. :)