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a fellow traveler

Someone who identifies with or is sympathetic to the aims or ideology of a political movement or organization, but is not a formal or full member of it. Used especially in the 1950s in reference to those suspected of being communist sympathizers. In my grandfather's day, if someone accused you of being a fellow traveler, it was often to derail your career completely. Despite having a mark against him as a "fellow traveler," he still managed to remain at the Hollywood elite.
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a fellow traveller

A fellow traveller is someone who supports the aims of an organization but is not a member of it. Note: `Traveller' is spelled `traveler' in American English. Although something of a critical fellow traveller, Sampson was very interested in the party.
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fellow traveler

Someone sympathetic to the beliefs and activities of an organization but not a member of that group. The phrase originally applied to people in the early days of the Soviet Union who supported the Russian revolution and the Communist Party but were not members. Communism was popular among many American intellectuals during the 1930s and '40s, but following World War II, this country's attitude toward the Soviets changed in light of Stalin's purges and revelations of espionage. Accusations that Soviet sympathizers had infiltrated our government and military led to congressional investigations, and the phrase “fellow traveler” was used to label those accused of “un-American” activities or even just “Communist dupes.” Many such people found themselves blacklisted or otherwise persecuted. A rarely used vestige of the phrase now applies to anyone who agrees with any viewpoint or faction but does not publicly work for it. The Soviet Union named its early space satellites “Sputnik,” the Russian word for “fellow traveler.”
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A severely ill traveller will appear in the High Court on Wednesday in an attempt to stop a council from evicting her and fellow travellers from the UK's largest illegal site.
The digital format of the book makes it perfect for skipping around through all its bookmarks and, for once, I was able to read three chapters on the train and do the exercises without having to suffer the supercilious glances of fellow travellers prepared to make judgement about anyone trying to be a poet.
His great books were fables that revealed far more effectively than any political treatise could ever have done that Hitler and Stalin were fellow travellers and that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were both national-socialist states.
Some who never took trips also blamed disagreements widi fellow travellers on where to stay.
It is tempting, I know, to say charity begins at home, but what I would say in response is that we are all fellow travellers in this journey through life.
After polishing off a few too many, the passenger - known only as Clive - removed his trousers to the astonishment of fellow travellers and headed to the toilets to answer the call of nature.
US tourists topped the list of fellow travellers to avoid in a poll of UK cruise passengers cruise website CruiseCritic.
Sean Flanagan yelled racist rants, chanted songs littered with four-letter words and stripped in front of horrified fellow travellers.
Passengers consuming smelly food and those who read over your shoulder are also among those who put fellow travellers off.
3, The personal hygiene of fellow travellers, according to a poll.
The crew will be less than pleased and you and your fellow travellers won't get any more bait.
Stranger on a Train', published by Virago Press, features the author's encounters with her fellow travellers in the smoking carriages of the trains on which she travels.
Only anti-devolutionists and their fellow travellers want to go back to the old system of rubber-stamp government behind closed doors.
Sir, - Only this Government, and the fellow travellers of the BBC, full as they both are with Republican sympathisers, will fail to recognise the obscenity of Adams and McGuinness, standing in front of a mirror as they come to their long overdue, ground-breaking solution on disarmament, with the IRA Leadership.
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