Meaning of “carpetbagger” in the English Dictionary

"carpetbagger" in British English

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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

(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

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"carpetbagger" in Business English

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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)