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card-carrying

[kahrd-kar-ee-ing] /ˈkɑrdˌkær i ɪŋ/
adjective
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.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for cardcarrying

card-carrying

adjective
1.
being an official member of a specified organization: a card-carrying union member, a card-carrying Communist
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Word Origin and History for cardcarrying

card-carrying

adj.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for cardcarrying

card-carrying

adjective

Authentic; genuine and longstanding: These women tend not to be card-carrying feminists/a service for all us card-carrying optimists

[1960s+; fr the carrying of a membership card in an organization; first used of Communists during the 1950s period of political inquisition]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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