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. 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.
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card-carrying member

Fig. an official member of some group, originally, the communist party. Bill is a card-carrying member of the electricians union.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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