Etymology
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carpetbag (n.)

also carpet-bag, "soft-cover traveling case made of carpet fabric on a frame," 1830, from carpet (n.) + bag (n.). As a verb, 1872, from the noun.

updated on October 09, 2017

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Definitions of carpetbag from WordNet
1
carpetbag (adj.)
following the practices or characteristic of carpetbaggers;
a carpetbag government
carpetbag adventurers
carpetbag (adj.)
presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality;
a carpetbag stranger
Synonyms: carpetbagging
2
carpetbag (n.)
traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century;
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