Definition of carpetbag in English:



  • A travelling bag of a kind originally made of the thick woven fabric used for carpets.

    • ‘Following that, she wrapped a thin cloak around her shoulders, picked up the carpet bag into which she had stuffed some clothing and slipped out into the freezing night.’
    • ‘This year's object of desire is a foot-long black leather carpet bag with worked wooden handles or a hand-held bucket bag with burnished bronze studs.’
    • ‘Clutching her carpet bag tightly, Anne walked over to a nearby motel.’
    • ‘Only minutes before she departs, a huge arm swipes all surfaces within a 20 ft radius into a massive carpet bag.’
    • ‘In her hand, she was carrying a black carpet bag.’
    • ‘John leaned against the doorway and watched as she milled about the room putting clothes and other items into a brown carpet bag.’
    • ‘The following morning brought Savadini to their doorstep, complete with several carpet bags and a number of spare robes.’
    • ‘‘He's never told me,’ another voice spoke up and we turned to see Mai approaching, a small carpet bag slung over her shoulder.’
    • ‘The elevator doors swung open, and an old lady with a carpet bag waddled out between them.’
    • ‘Gavin nodded and sat down again while Sadie began clumsily stuffing clothing into a carpet bag.’
    • ‘She packed all she had in a worn out old carpet bag and swept up a little, she hated not to leave things tidy.’
    • ‘The Cartwright's Chinese cook had been with the family for more years than anyone cared to count, but he was not above putting on his coat and hat, and heading for the door with his carpet bag in his hand whenever he felt himself slighted.’
    • ‘Winter, readers, has arrived, taking up residence with all the bulk and temerity of a spinster aunt come to visit, laden with cats and carpet bags.’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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  • Act as a carpetbagger.

    ‘he carpetbagged over to New Hampshire and lost a Senate race there’
    • ‘Her carpet-bagging defeat of an unready, ill-prepared opponent may have proved her electability, but it was a risk-free run in one of the most left-liberal states in the country.’
    • ‘He secured his client a carpet-bagging seat in Parliament: from October 1645, he sat for Applenby, in Westmorland.’
    • ‘Roots don't run deep in the soil of New York, and the carpet-bagging smear fell largely on deaf cars.’
    • ‘Marc McSharry and Barry Duignan play the debonair students, Michael Roper the money-chasing, carpet-bagging uncle.’
    • ‘She was not some Yankee, communist troublemaker with long hair and tattoos carpet-bagging her way through the State.’
    • ‘In the case, which is not directly connected to his carpet-bagging raid, he is being prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office which alleges he stole 2 million from his own company.’
    • ‘Others accused him of carpet-bagging opportunism and considered him something of a fake.’
    • ‘And what's more worrying than her carpet-bagging is the growing influence of the money men.’
    • ‘It is also caught between the worst of two political systems: a corrupt, crippled and haltingly reactive Federation and carpet-bagging capitalism.’
    • ‘Their level of corruption taints all of us but especially those who vote for these carpet-bagging merchants.’