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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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.
Those of us who count ourselves amongst the card-carrying members of the international electoral law fraternity/sorority tend to think of what it is that we do along these lines.
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.
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.
Many card-carrying members of the GOP, it seems, are secretly "in the family" (as they used to say), Roy Ashburn, the California State Senator recently arrested for driving under the influence while leaving a gay nightclub with a male companion, is just the latest example.
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.
We see this being a very big sensation with everyone from traditional chard-o-philes to card-carrying members of the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) movement.
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.
5) In any group of evangelical Christians you can find gun control advocates alongside card-carrying members of the NRA, pacifists next to soldiers, Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats.
If this had been a BBC version of In The Name Of The Father, all the Guildford Four would have been card-carrying members of the IRA, spouting Nationalist slogans.
A large slice of the American public, many of them card-carrying members of mainline denominations, are living spiritual lives that are customized, eclectic, and otherwise comparable to those found in the Hot Tub church.
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