1. presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality
    a capetbag politician
    a carpetbag stranger
  2. following the practices or characteristic of carpetbaggers
    a carpetbag government
    carpetbag adventurers
  1. traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century
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How To Use carpetbag In A Sentence

  • One problem for the American claim, is the term carpetbagger, means something else entirely, while in Australia it means only one thing, a steak stuffed with oysters. Archive 2008-02-01
  • after the Civil War the carpetbaggers from the north tried to take over the south
  • Still others maintain that he's a "carpetbagger" -- that he wanted to come to New York just to pick up a championship ring. News & Politics
  • Well - that isn't democracy, but rule by local busybodies, tribal chiefs and jacks-in-office, plus a scattering of carpetbaggers recently returned from exile and supported by our bayonets.
  • After all, these people could not be portrayed as carpetbaggers or outside agitators.
  • I mean, she is sort of his insurance against being called a carpetbagger, because she really is one. CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: Is Hillary Clinton Leaving the President Without a First Lady? - January 6, 2000
  • 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. What's Become of Veruca's Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory?
  • Quoting a song called "Mississippi" in a concession speech from Wisconsin: Is Feingold hinting that he might carpetbag southward for an eventual comeback? Election 2010: A walk on the mild side of victory (or defeat) parties
  • The term refers to her "carpetbagging" by moving to Thousand Oaks and running in the 2nd District supervisor's race. Ventura County Star Stories
  • As far as he's concerned, anyone participating in them is a carpetbagger, an allusion to exiled politicians whom he expects to be the regime's most prominent figures.
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