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car·pet·bag·ger  audio  (kärpt-bgr) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.
  2. An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.

ETYMOLOGY:
So called because they carried their belongings in carpetbags

OTHER FORMS:
carpet·bagger·y(Noun)


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