carpetbagger carpetbagger  /ˈkɑr pət ˌbæ ɡər/


  • (n) an outsider who seeks power or success presumptuously


  1. While he made those two points, Hillary was dandling hundreds of babies upstate, where Lazio was as much of a carpetbagger as she was.
  2. McCain's heroic biography, as a Navy veteran and former prisoner of war, gave him a clear out for the carpetbagger critique.
  3. And though the carpetbagger charge won't stick, Democrats believe the fact the Dole hasn't served on so much as a city council in North Carolina will resonate.


  • Tim Steller: 2 carpetbaggers hang their hats in Tucson

    Embrace the carpetbaggers. That's the message sent last night by the boards of Tucson's two biggest school districts, both of whom made new commitments to superintendents.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Arizona Daily Star

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  1. "To be honest, I thought he was coming in as a carpetbagger," Romero says, conceding now that his assessment of "nuts" was wrong. "He was not only able to convince me. He was able to convince thousands."
    on Dec 14, 2007 By: Ed Romero Source: FOXNews

  2. "It's always fun for me to write Kyle," Marz said. "I'm a little like Michael Corleone, I guess. Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in. That said, I'm really just a carpetbagger here. 'Green Lantern,' and especially the 'Sinestro...
    on Dec 12, 2007 By: Ron Marz Source: comic Book Resources

  3. "Yeah, I feel a little guilty," says Smith in his Manhattan hotel room. "I feel like a carpetbagger. Or, at worst, af-king fraud, man. Because an author's John Grisham. Or Stephen King. Dude, I'm sure even Ann Coulter sits down and writes her...
    on Oct 9, 2009 By: Kevin Smith Source: Entertainment Weekly

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