carpetbagger


carpetbagger
carpetbagger car‧pet‧bag‧ger [ˈkɑːptˌbægə ǁ ˈkɑːrptˌbægər] noun [countable] informal disapproving
1. FINANCE an investor who puts their money into a life insurance or a building hoping that it will demutualize (= become a company with shares) and that they will get a windfall (= money paid to members if they agree to the change):

• It has opened eight times the normal number of accounts, partly because of activity from carpetbaggers.

— carpetbagging noun [uncountable] :

• carpetbagging which brought record cash inflows

2. a politician who is active in an area that is not their home because they think they have more chance of being successful there than at home:

• Some branded them carpetbaggers for the long period they had spent in exile abroad.

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carpetbagger UK US /ˈkɑːpɪtˌbæɡər/ noun [C]
US DISAPPROVING POLITICS a politician who runs for election in a place where he or she does not live or has only lived for a short time: »

People do not want interference from here today, gone tomorrow, political carpetbaggers.

UK DISAPPROVING BANKING a person who joins a mutual organization (= one that is owned by its members rather than by shareholders) hoping that it will become a company with shares and pay its members to agree: »

The building society is finalizing its defence against carpetbaggers who have forced a demutualization vote.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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