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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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a camp follower

someone who strongly supports a person or group although they are not a member of an official organization The campaign for real ale had gathered quite a number of camp followers.
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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.
See also: camp, follower
References in classic literature ?
In the front room the follower was also still asleep, her head leaning back on the chair, in all respects worthy of her mistress.
Grant, “is the language used by our Divine Master himself, and it should be the golden rule with us, his humble followers.
First," I suggested, "let us find those of your people who be responsible for the escape of Matai Shang and his followers.
Nastasia's followers were not by her at the moment (the elderly gentleman having disappeared altogether, and the younger man simply standing aside and roaring with laughter).
Afterwards, if your persistent follower is hanging about, I will endeavor to talk him into a more reasonable frame of mind.
Rarely did the arch sprite Adventure need to beckon twice to Rudolf Steiner, his true follower.
Thus spake Zarathustra, and, laughing with eyes and entrails, he stood still and turned round quickly--and behold, he almost thereby threw his shadow and follower to the ground, so closely had the latter followed at his heels, and so weak was he.
He glanced back with apprehension; his aged follower whispered inaudibly at his ear; the chiefs turned their eyes away in silence, for the old wizard, the man who could command ghosts and send evil spirits against enemies, was speaking low to their ruler.
Then, throwing off his outer coat, he stood composed in all his dignity, and eyed his follower over.
In vain did his anxious followers seek for him, he was nowhere to be found.
She thought Malbihn dead, so terrific a blow had she dealt him, and she hoped to find an opportunity after dark to enter the camp and search his tent for the cartridge belt; but scarcely had she found a hiding place in a great tree at the edge of the boma where she could watch without danger of being discovered, when she saw the Swede emerge from his tent, wiping blood from his face, and hurling a volley of oaths and questions at his terrified followers.
Before the two days were spent, they grew very weary of this kind of life; for the followers of King Ulysses, as you will find it important to remember, were terrible gormandizers, and pretty sure to grumble if they missed their regulars meals, and their irregular ones besides.
His followers are all dancing on the plain, to their own vocal music.
They were instantly surrounded and seized, whereupon their leader called out to his followers to desist from any violence, and pretended to be perfectly pacific in his intentions.
No Indian prince has to his palace More followers than a thief to the gallows.