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carpetbag

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noun car·pet·bag \ -ˌbag \

Definition of carpetbag

:a traveler's bag made of carpet and widely used in the U.S. in the 19th century

First Known Use of carpetbag

1829


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carpetbag

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adjective \ -ˌba-giŋ \
variants: or carpetbagging

Definition of carpetbag

:of, relating to, or characteristic of carpetbaggers
  • a carpetbag government

First Known Use of carpetbag

1870


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