- admittedly belonging to a group or party: a card-carrying Communist.
- Often Facetious. dedicated to an ideal, profession, or interest: a card-carrying humanist.
Origin of card-carrying
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for card-carrying
I would imagine he would portray us like we are all card-carrying members of ISIS.Rick Santorum’s Hobby Lobby Horror Movie
July 2, 2014
They were all card-carrying Ukrainians, who were somewhat suspicious of Russia.Is Kharkiv Ukraine’s Next Tipping Point?
March 13, 2014
So the Beltway media (of which I am a card-carrying member) has decided President Obama is too aloof.Stop Calling Obama Aloof!
May 20, 2013
You, being a card-carrying member of the American elite—” Carville asserts before I interrupt him with a sarcastic “thank you.James Carville on His New Book, ‘It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!’
July 9, 2012
And what a pleasant surprise to find that Assange, a card-carrying whistleblower, can wear more than one hat.I Love the Julian Assange Show!
July 3, 2012
- being an official member of a specified organizationa card-carrying union member; a card-carrying Communist
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Word Origin and History for card-carrying
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