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Meaning of “carpetbagger” in the English Dictionary

"carpetbagger" in British English

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carpetbaggernoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɑː.pɪtˌbæɡ.ər/  us   /ˈkɑːr.pɪtˌbæɡ.ɚ/
  • carpetbagger noun [C] (POLITICS)

mainly US disapproving someone who ​tries to be ​elected as a ​politician in a ​place away from ​theirhome because they ​think there is a ​greaterchance of ​succeeding there
  • carpetbagger noun [C] (MONEY)

UK disapproving someone who invests in a ​financialorganization that is ​owned by ​itsmembers, in ​order to make a ​profit if it is ​sold: Thousands of carpetbaggers have ​invested in the ​buildingsociety, ​hoping that it will ​become a ​publiccompany.
(Definition of carpetbagger from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carpetbagger" in American English

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carpetbaggernoun [C]

(also carpet bagger)  /ˈkɑr·pɪtˌbæɡ·ər/
US history a ​person from the American ​North who ​tried to ​profit in the American ​South after the Civil War
(Definition of carpetbagger from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"carpetbagger" in Business English

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carpetbaggernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkɑːpɪtˌbæɡər/
US disapproving POLITICS a politician who ​runs for ​election in a ​place where he or she does not ​live or has only lived for a ​shorttime: People do not want interference from here today, gone tomorrow, ​political carpetbaggers.
UK disapproving BANKING a ​person who ​joins a mutualorganization (= one that is ​owned by its ​members rather than by ​shareholders) hoping that it will become a ​company with ​shares and ​pay its ​members to ​agree: The ​buildingsociety is ​finalizing its ​defence against carpetbaggers who have ​forced a demutualization ​vote.
(Definition of carpetbagger from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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