American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A traveling bag made of carpet fabric that was used chiefly in the United States during the 19th century.
- adj. Carpetbagging.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A traveling-bag made of carpeting on a frame; hence, by extension, a traveling-bag of any kind similarly formed.
- Of or characteristic of carpet-baggers: as, carpet-bag government; carpet-bag politics.
- To act or live in the manner of a carpet-bagger.
- adj. having the characteristics of carpetbaggers
- n. A traveling bag made from carpet scraps used primarily in the United States in the 19th century.
- v. To come to a place or organisation with which one has no previous connection with the sole or primary aim of personal gain, especially political or financial gain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A portable bag for travelers; -- so called because originally made of carpet.
- adj. presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality
- adj. following the practices or characteristic of carpetbaggers
- n. traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century
- carpet + bag (Wiktionary)
“His decision to immediately depart that position and to "carpetbag" over from Burbank/Glendale over into the Eastern San Fernando Valley would not be met with joy by many of the voters who elected him in November.”
“Such states as had complied and given the negro the right to vote were under "carpetbag" rule.”
“Candace Chesterwood tossed a stack of silk handkerchiefs and a lavender pomade into her threadbare carpetbag and closed the latches with an authoritative snap.”
“In Syfy's new series Hollywood Treasure (Wednesdays at 10/9c), auctioneer Maddalena travels the world to save the cultural artifacts from film and history — including the original Wicked Witch of the West's hat from The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppin's bottomless carpetbag — that have wound up people's garages and basements.”
“Quoting a song called "Mississippi" in a concession speech from Wisconsin: Is Feingold hinting that he might carpetbag southward for an eventual comeback?”
“Abraham Lincoln" stepped from the gray Toyota minivan outside the Baltimore train station Wednesday, grabbed his carpetbag and leather valise and put on his stovepipe hat.”
“Taking the hatbox and carpetbag, she went back on the trail, a receding frail figure in a burgundy dress.”
“Albert carried Sue May's hatbox and carpetbag, and I struggled from the first with my Samsonite.”
“This talk of finding a place to carpetbag to is ridiculous.”
“And now i have a female candidate who doesn't beleive in killing babies and didn't carpetbag a Senate seat.”
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