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card–carrying

adjective card–car·ry·ing \ˈkärd-ˌka-rē-iŋ\

: known as an active member of a group or organization

Full Definition of CARD-CARRYING

1
:  being a full-fledged member of an organization (as a Communist party)
2
a :  strongly identified with a group (as of people with a common interest) <card–carrying members of the ecology movement — R. J. Neuhaus>
b :  being such emphatically or unmistakably <a card–carrying hippie>

Origin of CARD-CARRYING

from the assumption that such a person carries an identification card
First Known Use: 1948

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