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[kahr-pit-bag] /ˈkɑr pɪtˌbæg/
a bag for traveling, especially one made of carpeting.
verb (used without object), carpetbagged, carpetbagging.
to journey with little luggage.
to act as a carpetbagger.
Origin of carpetbag
1820-30; carpet + bag Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for carpetbag
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • The carpetbag government pardoned and turned loose upon society the worst criminals.

    Ku Klux Klan J. C. Lester
  • I gave him my carpetbag to carry this morning, and he ran away with it.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • In another day or two, Miss Sampson did pack her carpetbag, and go back to her air-tight stove and solitary cups of tea.

    Faith Gartney's Girlhood Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • And as he turned to leave her she looked closely at his carpetbag.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • In short, the post-chaise was ordered and the carpetbag packed.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • A traveller got out with his carpetbag in his hand, and was shown into the sanded parlour.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • With a howl, Hans flung the carpetbag and the flute straight up into the air.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • I stood with my shawl and carpetbag in hand, gazing doubtingly on the vehicle.

British Dictionary definitions for carpetbag


a travelling bag originally made of carpeting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for carpetbag

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for carpetbag



To try to make a good impression (1930s+ Students)

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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