- any of the Northern politicians or adventurers who went South to take advantage of unsettled conditions after the Civil War: contemptuous term with reference to the luggage they used in traveling light
- any politician, promoter, etc. from the outside whose influence is resented
See carpetbagger in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.
- An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.
Origin: So called because they carried their belongings in carpetbags
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