carpetbag (plural carpetbags)
- A traveling bag made from scraps of carpet and used primarily in the United States in the 19th century.
a type of bag
- (chiefly US) To come to a place or organisation with which one has no previous connection with the sole or primary aim of personal gain, especially political or financial gain.
- 2018 February 23, Jason Horowitz, “Italy’s ‘Five Star’ Grows Up Into a Real Party, Scandals and All”, in New York Times:
- The Five Star Movement has long railed against carpetbagging, but for all of Ms. D’Alessandro’s efforts to seem of the place — talking about her childhood in Naples and showing the bar where she had her first date — she clearly isn’t.
carpetbag (not comparable)