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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"As scrutiny committees have a majority membership from the ruling group, when it comes to the 'election' of scrutiny committee chairs, it's no coincidence that all Shropshire's scrutiny chairs are card-carrying members of the ruling group.
Remember their de-humanising past THOSE who consider the rest of the EU as being the same as us (except for their accents), should remember (just a few decades ago) that many in one half of Germany were willing to shoot their fellow citizens who attempted to cross to the west, and card-carrying members of Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu's regime reported anyone who dare speak out of turn to his secret police, the Securitate!
According to the address presented by the state Chairman of the party Mr Basil Ejidike, the members contended that most appointments and social security programs embarked upon by the Federal government were given to members of the opposition party, practically abandoning card-carrying members of the party.
'Public governance is not the same as leading a mere political party, where one (is) accountable mainly to the card-carrying members of the party.
'[T]he bulk of the so-called yellows have abandoned the LP ship and are now card-carrying members of other parties such as the PDP-Laban, NUP and even NPC and aligned with Malacanang,' Pangilinan said.
"Card-carrying members of al-Qaida do not satisfy the conditions that we set for members of the opposition," Zarif told reporters, ruling out any affiliates of the extremist group.
"Card-carrying members of al Qaeda do not satisfy the conditions that we set for members of the opposition," Zarif reportedly said, ruling out any affiliates of the extremist group.
We card-carrying members of the international electoral law fraternity/sorority know that there are big holes in the story that we tell about what elections are all about.
Twenty-eight years on, though, it is the stuff of music industry legend, and is still used as shorthand for groups who take themselves a little too seriously and are unlikely to be card-carrying members of Mensa.
"So the Beatles were card-carrying members of the Victor Spinetti fan club."
It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A, as the song goes, but it's more fun to say "Y." As for "Young Men's Christian Association," the Y hasn't been widely regarded as religion-based for decades, and card-carrying members of both genders, and all ages and backgrounds, fill the place, lacing up the sneakers, doing the laps and the reps, shooting the baskets, chatting with the neighbors, signing up optimistically for classes and camps.
After all, both senators are card-carrying members of the McCain Party--whichever one that is.
Card-carrying members of BS [Big Secularism] have snaked their way into every branch of the federal government, except for the judicial and executive.
There were 11 card-carrying members of the party in the orchestra who had joined for their own protection because of having Jewish wives or family backgrounds.
In recent months, we have seen a number of senior officials of the 2004 Bush campaign move into the McCain camp, as well as card-carrying members of the GOP establishment and party leaders who heretofore could not abide McCain.
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