American English

Definition of carpetbagger noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person from the northern states of the U.S. who went to the South after the Civil War in order to make money or get political power
  2. 2(disapproving) a politician who tries to be elected in an area where he or she is not known and is therefore not welcome
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: carpetbagger