Top Definition
(NOUN) An idiom that's a 21st Century update of the old canard "canaries in a coal mine"; describes the warning signs given when seeing filthy carpeting and other shabby maintenance issues in a law firm, doctor's office, or other such business. Dirty carpets are a warning that the firm might be in financial trouble and could go out of business soon, since they are severely skimping on the basics that a successful firm would never neglect.
Jessica interviewed for a new job at a place whose office set off "dirty carpets in a big law firm" warning bells for her. Sure enough, two months later, that place was out of business.
by ChiTownBard February 25, 2013
Free Daily Email

Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!

Emails are sent from We'll never spam you.