Definition of carpetbag in English:



  • A traveling bag of a kind originally made of carpeting or carpetlike material.

    • ‘The following morning brought Savadini to their doorstep, complete with several carpet bags and a number of spare robes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gavin nodded and sat down again while Sadie began clumsily stuffing clothing into a carpet bag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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 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.’
    • ‘John leaned against the doorway and watched as she milled about the room putting clothes and other items into a brown carpet bag.’
    • ‘The elevator doors swung open, and an old lady with a carpet bag waddled out between them.’
    • ‘She packed all she had in a worn out old carpet bag and swept up a little, she hated not to leave things tidy.’
    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.

    ‘rich, carpetbagging developers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And what's more worrying than her carpet-bagging is the growing influence of the money men.’
    • ‘Roots don't run deep in the soil of New York, and the carpet-bagging smear fell largely on deaf cars.’
    • ‘Others accused him of carpet-bagging opportunism and considered him something of a fake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their level of corruption taints all of us but especially those who vote for these carpet-bagging merchants.’
    • ‘Marc McSharry and Barry Duignan play the debonair students, Michael Roper the money-chasing, carpet-bagging uncle.’
    • ‘He secured his client a carpet-bagging seat in Parliament: from October 1645, he sat for Applenby, in Westmorland.’
    • ‘It is also caught between the worst of two political systems: a corrupt, crippled and haltingly reactive Federation and carpet-bagging capitalism.’
    • ‘She was not some Yankee, communist troublemaker with long hair and tattoos carpet-bagging her way through the State.’