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In the post-US Civil War South, carpetbaggers were Northerners who moved to the South to take advantage of the unstable social, financial, and political climate. They were called "carpetbaggers" to imply that they were such poor, transient characters that they merely moved south carrying all their possessions in a carpet-bag. A carpet-bag, by the way, isn't a bag for carrying carpet, but a soft-sided suitcase or satchel made out of carpet.

Today, the phrase refers to someone who moves to a new location for opportunistic reasons.
Hillary is a carpet bagger.
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(noun) A person who sits on the front porch and intimidates, says negative things, or otherwise makes things unpleasant for those nearby.
The boys walked past the house of old man Thompson, the neighborhood porch dick, who always assumed they were up to no good.
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Carpetbaggers have a long history. The first Carpetbaggers came to the South from Yankee states after the Civil War to make a quick buck. Later Carpetbaggers moved to the South in the 1970s when the big 3 automakers in Detroit started to fail. Modern-day Carpetbaggers primarily move to 5 cities in Texas (El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas) to escape the wretched economic prospects of their home states (usually California and Yankee states). They will take jobs from Texans and are generally ungrateful bastards, frequently calling Texans rednecks and complaining about how it sucks here as compared to their squathole in Mexifornia or New England. If Texas sucks so much, then why are you here?
The most famous modern-day Carpetbagger is Joseph Stack, the guy who rammed his plane into the IRS building in Austin.

Get out of Texas, carpetbagger!
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1. One who is somewhere they do not belong.
2. One who moved South after the Civil War to get rich. They take over all jobs, land, money, offices, and tell everyone how to live.
3. My neighbors. See "soccer mom" and "yuppie."
The carpet baggers say we can't say "black" anymore because it's PC.
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1. Purveyor of goods which are not what they purport to be, north american post civil war.

2. Politician striving for popularity in a remote ward.
'gather round for I have a panacea for all ailments such as dropsy, feeble spirit and malingerance' The tale of the carpet bagger, Mark Twain 1875.

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When northern people came to the south to take advantage of their poor situation when they were vulnerable. This was after the Civil War and people were upset about it.

There is a modern day version which does not occur too much. See example for more.
Hillary Clinton. She came to New York from out of state, not knowing much. Bill tried to be cool and get an office in Harlem, but not one person bought that and saw through his attempts to conceal his non-new yorker self. You can't just go to another place and act like you own it. Con artists are good at this, and that is how she won.

For years, and even today, (real) New Yorkers have held signs and had bumper stickers saying things such as "Hillary GO HOME"

It is commonly understood that Hillary Clinton is not a New Yorker. However, it is equally understood that as she changes her mind on issues in a matter of minutes or depending on the audience, that she may change who she is (for example: saying she is from New York to New Yorkers, when she really is not. She could learn some lessons from Obama (a real democrat) who is consistent and does not tell lies.

What made hillary a Carpetbagger?: she took advantage of New York and her fame and ran for Senator. She was elected after her strong opposition was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was forced to drop from the race. After she was elected, it was clear she had no real interest in New York, and she was going to simply use it to run for President down the line. She knew it was impossible to beat President Bush in 2004, so she waited until now, and here she is. If she was serious about New York, she would do more than vote for $1 million in Tax funds for the hippie Woodstock concert museum, but the majority of New York's fire and ambulance services are volunteer and don't have enough federal funding. This shows her lack of genuine interest in New York.
by Carpetbagged New Yorker October 31, 2007
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someone who acquires vast amounts of pussy
bro: Hey man whats good for tonight
dude: We are gonna go carpet bag like crazy
bro: aw yea man lets go bag that shit
dude: we're the carpet bagger's tonight
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