card–carrying

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

Definition of card–carrying

  1. 1 :  being a full-fledged member of an organization (such as a Communist party)

  2. 2a :  strongly identified with a group (as of people with a common interest) card–carrying members of the ecology movement — R. J. Neuhausb :  being such emphatically or unmistakably a card–carrying hippie

Origin and Etymology of card–carrying

from the assumption that such a person carries an identification card


First Known Use: 1948


CARD–CARRYING Defined for English Language Learners

card–carrying

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

Definition of card–carrying for English Language Learners

  • : known as an active member of a group or organization


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