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camp follower

1. A civilian who follows a military unit from one location to the next, either because the person is closely related to a service member or to unofficially provide goods or services to members of the unit. Daniel spent his childhood as a camp follower. His father was in the army, so he and his mother had to move a lot.
2. A person who supports a group or cause without officially belonging to its organization. I always vote Republican, but I'm a camp follower—I'm registered as an Independent.
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camp follower

1. A civilian who follows or settles near a military camp, especially a prostitute who does so. For example, The recruits were told not to associate with camp followers. [Early 1800s]
2. A person who sympathizes with a cause or group but does not join it. For example, She's only a camp follower so we can't count on her for a contribution.
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a camp follower

You call someone a camp follower when they follow or spend time with a particular person or group, either because they admire or support them, or because they hope to gain advantages from them. Brecht was surrounded by `camp-followers' — crowds of women who seemed to adore him. Even in my day as a player, we had our camp followers. Note: This expression is often used to show disapproval. Note: Originally, camp followers were civilians who travelled with an army and who made their living selling goods or services to the soldiers.
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She is soon unhappy with his womanizing and after eight months as a camp follower she asks to be sent home.
Regardless of specific attributes and motivations, these camp followers, male and female alike, regularly interacted with rank-and-file combatants in forming a heterogeneous national community with a common mission, the winning of American independence.
In discussing imitation, she notes that innovations did not always spread down the social hierarchy, offering the counter-example of slashed clothes, which originated with Swiss mercenaries, later spreading to camp followers, and eventually, aristocrats.
When his head was cut from his body, it was paraded to the army and camp followers of 4,000 - including women, children and cooks.
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Since his claim will find considerable resonance -- if he is able to keep some of his more enthusiastic camp followers like former Law Minister Somnath Bharti in check -- then it will not be a wild guess to say that the P may be able to secure a majority of its own in the next assembly elections in Delhi.
The camp followers, the vast Hindi-speaking population attached to the Imperial Court who adapted, as they went along, more Arabic and Persian words into the syntax of their own language just as in later days the English words such as glass and cup became part of a new form of Urdu called Hindustani.
But many in the party rejected this, saying, " At this historic moment, he was missing from the frame which even had most of the Advani camp followers.
The Tories and their camp followers invented 13,000 hospital deaths in hospitals ahead of a report by NHS chief Bruce Keogh.
Probably mindful of this likelihood, the USA and its camp followers are diligently digging a tunnel across the CIS space.
It is clear that the Israeli government and its neoconservative camp followers here in the United States are increasing pressure on President Obama to either attack Iran or let Israel do it (in which case, we would be forced to join in).
Werner underscores and illuminates the human significance of this phrase by showing how young Americans and Europeans participated fully in virtually every aspect of the American Revolution, as witnesses, combatants, camp followers, victims, and civilians.
After seeming to have gained the acceptable high ground the Professional Jockeys' Association, its president Kevin Darley and some of his members lost a number of camp followers when their reasons for lodging a late objection to the BHA board were published.
During the years that the Tories were in opposition, their camp followers in the tabloid press banged the drum about our so-called "compensation culture"; David Cameron on taking office said, "I'll crush the compo culture", which raised a cheer led by the Daily Mail.