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Definition of carpetbagger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    carpetbagger

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪtbæɡə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪtbæɡər//
     
     
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  1. 1(disapproving) a politician who tries to be elected in an area where he or she is not known and is therefore not welcome
  2. 2a person from the northern states of the US who went to the South after the Civil War in order to make money or get political power
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: originally applied to people from the northern states of the US who went to the South after the Civil War to profit from the Reconstruction.
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