tree-hugger

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tree-hugger

A derogatory term for an environmentalist, especially one who is very vocal in their support of environmental regulations. I didn't spend my life building this company just to see my daughter marry some liberal tree-hugger who's trying to get us shut down! Of course the tree-huggers are opposed to the proposed oil drilling, but they're ignoring how many jobs it will provide to people in the region.
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tree hugger

An environmentalist. This slangy expression dates from the late 1900s and alludes to those who support the protection of forests and oppose logging. It sometimes is used as a derogatory term by those who think such a person goes to unnecessary extremes. The term has been extended to other forms of environmentalism, such as limiting greenhouse gases. See also carbon footprint.
See also: hugger, tree
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