a card-carrying member (of something)

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a card-carrying member (of something)

A certified member of a particular group or organization; someone who has paid the dues necessary to be part of a group. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I never knew until he was on his deathbed that my father was a card-carrying member of the Freemasons. I'm afraid only card-carrying members of the union can be given any regular shifts on the docks.
See also: member

card-carrying member

Fig. an official member of some group, originally, the communist party. Bill is a card-carrying member of the electricians union.
See also: member