card-carrying

adjective
card-car·​ry·​ing | \ ˈkärd-ˌker-ē-iŋ How to pronounce card-carrying (audio) , -ˌka-rē-iŋ \

Definition of card-carrying

1 : being a full-fledged member of an organization (such as a Communist party)
2a : 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

First Known Use of card-carrying

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for card-carrying

from the assumption that such a person carries an identification card

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The first known use of card-carrying was in 1948

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“Card-carrying.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/card-carrying. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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card-carrying

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English Language Learners Definition of card-carrying

: known as an active member of a group or organization

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