carpetbagger
   a seeker of short-term gain
   Originally, an absconding American banker, who so carried away the bank's reserves when he left. Then widely used of Northerners who sought easy pickings in the South after the Civil War. In modern use it refers to a tout who seeks to put together a deal without any personal investment or risk, as by seeking a buyer for a property which does not belong to him. The verb is rare:
    Only then he is not on the take, he is not carpetbagging his country's inheritance, (le Carré, 1996)
   The term is also used in Britain of those who place small deposits with mutual building societies, in the hope of profit if the societies abandon their mutual status; and of politicians seeking a safer constituency.

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