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[kahrd-kar-ee-ing] /ˈkɑrdˌkær i ɪŋ/
admittedly belonging to a group or party:
a card-carrying Communist.
Often Facetious. dedicated to an ideal, profession, or interest:
a card-carrying humanist.
Origin of card-carrying
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Both portray universally accepted, card-carrying geniuses in moments of offstage intimacy.
  • Five years ago, only card-carrying party members could vote.
  • They axed him as their treasurer, but he remains a card-carrying member of the party.
  • Jobs was a card-carrying member of a generation that celebrated a hippie counterculture.
  • But this year corporate card-carrying spendthrifts had better be careful.
  • My career as a professional, card-carrying physicist has spanned the golden years.
British Dictionary definitions for card-carrying


being an official member of a specified organization: a card-carrying union member, a card-carrying Communist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for card-carrying



sixty-nine (1970s+)

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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