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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.
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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
card-carrying[ˈkɑːdˌkærɪɪŋ] adj (member) → tesserato/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995