carpetbag definition

  • noun:
    • A traveling bag manufactured from carpeting material which was used chiefly in the usa during the nineteenth century.
    • A traveling bag produced from carpeting scraps used primarily in the usa in 19th century.
    • A portable bag for tourists; -- so named because originally manufactured from carpet.
    • A traveling-bag made of carpeting on a-frame; ergo, by extension, a traveling-bag of any sort similarly formed.
    • traveling case made from carpeting; widely used in nineteenth century
  • adjective:
    • Carpetbagging.
    • having the characteristics of carpetbaggers
    • presumptuously looking for success or a situation in a brand new locality
    • after the methods or characteristic of carpetbaggers
  • verb:
    • To come to a location or organization with which one has no past experience of the only or main goal of personal gain, particularly governmental or profit.
  • others:
    • Of or characteristic of carpet-baggers: as, carpet-bag government; carpet-bag politics.
    • to do something or inhabit the way of a carpet-bagger.

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