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[kahr-pit-bag] /ˈkɑr pɪtˌbæg/
a bag for traveling, especially one made of carpeting.
verb (used without object), carpetbagged, carpetbagging.
to journey with little luggage.
to act as a carpetbagger.
Origin of carpetbag
First recorded in 1820-30; carpet + bag Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for carpetbag
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  • When the boy got through, he cast a speculative glance at the carpetbag.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The boy shouldered the carpetbag and started in advance, Robert following.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I gave him my carpetbag to carry this morning, and he ran away with it.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • He's too honest entirely to stale the value of a pin, let alone a carpetbag.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • For I read on your carpetbag, when we met in the orchard, 'P. Bug.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey
  • And as he turned to leave her she looked closely at his carpetbag.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey
  • A traveller got out with his carpetbag in his hand, and was shown into the sanded parlour.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In short, the post-chaise was ordered and the carpetbag packed.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • With a whoop of joy, he grabbed up his carpetbag and started for the Vermonter.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • I stood with my shawl and carpetbag in hand, gazing doubtingly on the vehicle.

British Dictionary definitions for carpetbag


a travelling bag originally made of carpeting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for carpetbag

also carpet-bag, "soft-cover traveling case made of carpet fabric," 1830, from carpet (n.) + bag (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for carpetbag



To try to make a good impression (1930s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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