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carpetbag

[ kahr-pit-bag ]

noun

  1. a bag for traveling, especially one made of carpeting.


verb (used without object)

, car·pet·bagged, car·pet·bag·ging.
  1. to journey with little luggage.
  2. to act as a carpetbagger.

carpetbag

/ ˈkɑːpɪtˌbæɡ /

noun

  1. a travelling bag originally made of carpeting


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Word History and Origins

Origin of carpetbag1

First recorded in 1820–30; carpet + bag
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Example Sentences

In one hand he carried an ancient carpetbag, which he deposited on the floor, while he stared around at the grandeur of the place.

Her own nightdress had been left in the time-worn carpetbag that Uncle David had forgotten to take out of the “handsome cab.”

She wants the doll that David left in that carpetbag of hers he forgot to take out of the ‘Handsome cab.’

I could fit myself out in the city, and take the articles along with me in an extra valise or carpetbag.

He carried in his hand a carpetbag lent him by Mr. Leavitt, which contained his small stock of under-clothing.

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