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  1. admittedly belonging to a group or party: a card-carrying Communist.
  2. Often Facetious. dedicated to an ideal, profession, or interest: a card-carrying humanist.
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Origin of card-carrying

First recorded in 1945–50
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  1. 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


1948, used frequently during Cold War in U.S. (typically in reference to official membership in the communist party), from card (n.1) + present participle of carry (v.).

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