Card-carrying meaning

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The definition of card-carrying is someone who is openly loyal to an organization or group.

Someone who manages a union is an example of card-carrying.

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Being an enrolled member of a particular organization.

A card-carrying Communist.

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Avidly devoted to a group or cause.

Card-carrying fitness enthusiasts.

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Owning a membership card in a specified organization.
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(informal) Thorough, genuine, etc.

A card-carrying pacifist.

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Enrolled as a member of an organization, and having a card to prove it; used especially to signify loyal dedication to that organization or the cause it supports.
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(by extension) Loyal and dedicated to some cause.
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Origin of card-carrying

  • From the assumption that such a person carries a membership card

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition