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carpetbaggernoun [C]

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

mainly US disapproving someone who tries to be elected as a politician in a place away from their home because they think there is a greater chance of succeeding there
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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
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carpetbaggernoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɑːpɪtˌbæɡər/ us  
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 short time: People do not want interference from here today, gone tomorrow, political carpetbaggers.
UK disapproving BANKING a person who joins a mutual organization (= 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 building society 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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