carpetbag

[kahr-pit-bag]
verb (used without object), car·pet·bagged, car·pet·bag·ging.
  1. to journey with little luggage.
  2. to act as a carpetbagger.

Origin of carpetbag

First recorded in 1820–30; carpet + bag
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Examples from the Web for carpetbag

Historical Examples of carpetbag

  • He's too honest entirely to stale the value of a pin, let alone a carpetbag.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • When the boy got through, he cast a speculative glance at the carpetbag.

    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

  • The boy shouldered the carpetbag and started in advance, Robert following.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for carpetbag

carpetbag

noun
  1. a travelling bag originally made of carpeting
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Word Origin and History for carpetbag
n.

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

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