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A traveling bag made of carpet fabric that was used chiefly in the United States during the 1800s.


a travelling bag originally made of carpeting


(ˈkɑr pɪtˌbæg)
a bag for traveling, esp. one made of carpeting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carpetbag - traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century
suitcase, traveling bag, travelling bag, grip, bag - a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes; "he carried his small bag onto the plane with him"
Adj.1.carpetbag - following the practices or characteristic of carpetbaggers; "carpetbag adventurers"; "a carpetbag government"
2.carpetbag - presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality; "a carpetbag stranger"; "a capetbag politician"
expedient - serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
References in classic literature ?
Gathergold, was close at hand, but the poet, with his carpetbag on his arm, inquired at once where Ernest dwelt, and was resolved to be accepted as his guest.
Warner in his book Generals in Gray Walthall "resumed his law practice and became a leader in the movement to overthrow the [very corrupt] carpetbag regime.
Thank goodness for the mother's sister, who breezes in, looking rather like the Wicked Witch of the East (and not at all like Julie Andrews) with her umbrella and carpetbag to save the day.
95), when the latter boasted about having witnessed a calf being born; and Friesen's description of Aunt Gutherie, a conservative spinster, "[W]ith an enormous carpetbag and hair wound so tightly into a bun that it made her face look as though it was being tightened by a screw at the back of her head" (191).
The comic ubiquity of something as commonplace as a carpetbag, enhanced as much by the Platonic capitals as by the prefatory pauses (in which one all but hears a drum roll), is apparently the fons et origo of many comparable jokes since the 1850s.
Francis' sister, Jemima, was riding with her on the buggy, carefully clutching her carpetbag.
But while there is a strong story, it's the fantastic staging that really makes this show what it is - from Mary Poppins' bottomless carpetbag and dancing statues to toys coming to life (this could prove a little scary for very young children).
Given that the Republicans cede New York's carpetbag U.
A carpetbag steak is a steak stuffed with which ingredient?
The transition from grey Edwardian London to Mary Poppins' Technicolour alternative reality was stunning and so were all the other magical touches - a tough challenge, surely, for the backroom boys and girls - from the bottomless carpetbag that produces an aspidistra and full-height coatrack to the collapsing plate racks and kitchen table that Mary puts right with a click or three of her fingers.