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1. A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.
2. An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.

[So called because they carried their belongings in carpetbags.]

car′pet·bag′ger·y n.
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the practice of being a carpetbagger
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