card-carrying member


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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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"We are looking at ways to counter the rise of an ideological brand of conservatism that, for lack of a better word, is more anti-establishment than it has been in the past," one card-carrying member of the establishment said.
I've been a card-carrying member of the Labour Party for 20 years and never liked Mrs Thatcher but their behaviour was disgraceful.
DeLong (management practice and organizational behavior, Harvard Business School) admits he is a card-carrying member of this group.
Singh, a former teacher from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, says he would be "honoured" to become a card-carrying member of the BNP.
His down-to-earthness no doubt won him a decent share of Sunday's vote, he's proud to be a card-carrying member of the Hoy-polloi.
My grandfather, the sole biggest person of influence over my life, was a red-flag-flying card-carrying member of the Labour party from birth until his death five years ago.
But the match means far more than hard cash to Ranson and, in particular, his 17-year-old son Sam - a card-carrying member of the Geordie nation and a Magpies fanatic.
Hell, there's tribes of blind and deaf Inuit eskimos in the frozen Arctic tundra as yet untouched by Western civilisation who know John Barrowman is a fully paid-up, card-carrying member of the Friends of Dorothy fan club and as gay as a window.
Second, I am a card-carrying member of the baby boomers, and the latest research shows that it's boomers in particular who are fretting over the quality of their sleep.
Perusing the predominantly female, middleaged crowd (of which I am a card-carrying member) prior to the band's arrival on stage, I realised I was sitting next to their No 1 fan, who regaled me with tales of the last time 'The Wets' had played at the Arena.
Although a card-carrying member of the illegal Communist Party, Jozsef fell out with his comrades in 1933, and a year later it was not him, but communist sympathizer Illyes, who was invited to the First Congress of Soviet Writers in Moscow.
Are you a Jew?" He later blamed the outburst on his alcoholism, which, as every card-carrying member of Alcoholics Anonymous knows, can cloud your thinking on world history as soon as you are presented with a pair of handcuffs.
You don't have to be a card-carrying member of the Rod Stewart fan club to enjoy the show, although it probably helps.
The world No 1 could become a full card-carrying member of the PGA European Tour, which has been starved of big names now that the likes of Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald spend so much time Stateside.
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