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1. Being an enrolled member of a particular organization: a card-carrying Communist.
2. Avidly devoted to a group or cause: card-carrying fitness enthusiasts.

[From the assumption that such a person carries a membership card.]
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) being an official member of a specified organization: a card-carrying union member; a card-carrying Communist.
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1. admittedly belonging to a group or party: a card-carrying Communist.
2. identified with or dedicated to an ideal, profession, or interest: a card-carrying humanist.
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Being a member of a particular political party or organization.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited


[ˈkɑːdˌkærɪɪŋ] adj (member) → tesserato/a
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Briyai Oyeins Frankland, for not meeting the criteria of being a card-carrying member for a year before seeking an elective post.
past THOSE who consider the rest of the EU as being the same as us (except for their accents), should remember (just a few decades ago) that many in one half of Germany were willing to shoot their fellow citizens who attempted to cross to the west, and card-carrying members of Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu's regime reported anyone who dare speak out of turn to his secret police, the Securitate!
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As a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, I occasionally take a moment to check in on the organization I support and see if it is still true to its mission of defending and preserving individual rights and liberties.
Card-carrying members voted in nationwide elections in 14 districts to select candidates to represent constituencies in the next parliamentary election, scheduled to take place next year.
It's not too much of a stretch to consider that many of these may have been card-carrying Tory Party members who have lost their jobs.
I'm now retired and have been a card-carrying Labour party member since 1978.
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Summary: Nick Clegg has insisted he would "never" join the Conservatives, saying: "I will be carried out in my coffin as a card-carrying Lib Dem".
MOTHER should be proud to have a reader base so diverse--just goes to show that you don't have to be a card-carrying progressive to want to take up homesteading, live in balance with nature, and grow and raise your own food.
To become a card-carrying man, visitors to must prove their manliness by answering a series of manhood-related questions.
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