[ US /ˈkɑɹpətˌbæɡɝ/ ]
[ UK /kˈɑːpɪtbˌæɡɐ/ ]
  1. an outsider who seeks power or success presumptuously
    after the Civil War the carpetbaggers from the north tried to take over the south
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How To Use carpetbagger In A Sentence

  • Still, local Republicans have to ask themselves an uncomfortable question: What if a carpetbagger is the best candidate to defeat Reid? Las Vegas Sun Stories: All Sun Headlines
  • The carpetbaggers who streamed into the South for political and economic gain aggravated the wounds which the war had opened.
  • Neither did Twitchell fit the carpetbagger mold cast by historian William Dunning and his followers nearly a century ago, which held that these men were ‘archetypical villains, lowbred northern adventurers who descended like vultures on the conquered South’.
  • Thousands of carpetbaggers have invested in the building society, hoping that it will become a public company.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • After all, these people could not be portrayed as carpetbaggers or outside agitators.
  • 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.
  • 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
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