Carpetbag



a bag for traveling, especially one made of carpeting.
to journey with little luggage.
to act as a carpetbagger.
Historical Examples

He’s too honest entirely to stale the value of a pin, let alone a carpetbag.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

When the boy got through, he cast a speculative glance at the carpetbag.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

The carpetbag government pardoned and turned loose upon society the worst criminals.
Ku Klux Klan J. C. Lester

I gave him my carpetbag to carry this morning, and he ran away with it.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

In another day or two, Miss Sampson did pack her carpetbag, and go back to her air-tight stove and solitary cups of tea.
Faith Gartney’s Girlhood Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

And as he turned to leave her she looked closely at his carpetbag.
The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey

In short, the post-chaise was ordered and the carpetbag packed.
The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A traveller got out with his carpetbag in his hand, and was shown into the sanded parlour.
My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

With a howl, Hans flung the carpetbag and the flute straight up into the air.
Frank Merriwell’s Son Burt L. Standish

I stood with my shawl and carpetbag in hand, gazing doubtingly on the vehicle.
The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales Bret Harte

noun
a travelling bag originally made of carpeting
n.

also carpet-bag, “soft-cover traveling case made of carpet fabric,” 1830, from carpet (n.) + bag (n.).

verb

To try to make a good impression (1930s+ Students)

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