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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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The traveler Burton says of it--"Your MORALE improves; you become frank and cordial, hospitable and single-minded.
Gentle breeze, that wanderest unseen, And bendest the thistles round Loira of storms, Traveler of the windy glens, Why hast thou left my ear so soon?
It is the body of which roads are the arms and legs--a trivial or quadrivial place, the thoroughfare and ordinary of travelers.
Great guide-boards of stone, But travelers none; Cenotaphs of the towns Named on their crowns.
Some travelers tell us that an Indian had no name given him at first, but earned it, and his name was his fame; and among some tribes he acquired a new name with every new exploit.
The servant handed him a book which Pierre took to be a devotional work, and the traveler became absorbed in it.
The four travelers passed a sleepless night, each thinking of the gift Oz had promised to bestow on him.
For when they came to the banks of a rushing river that threatened to bar their way the little Queen kept steadily on, passing through the seeming flood in safety; and our travelers followed her without encountering a single drop of water.
Another and another popped out of the circular, pot-like dwelling, while from all the other black objects came popping more creatures--very like jumping-jacks when their boxes are unhooked--until fully a hundred stood gathered around our little group of travelers.
No one disturbed the travelers until daylight, when in popped the Tottenhot who owned the place and invited them to vacate his premises.
These bold travelers, Michel Ardan, President Barbicane, and Captain Nicholl, ought to make the passage in ninety-seven hours, thirteen minutes, and twenty seconds.
Maston, the staunchest friend of the three travelers, started for the Rocky Mountains, accompanied by the Hon.
It ended with the double hypothesis: either the attraction of the moon would draw it to herself, and the travelers thus attain their end; or that the projectile, held in one immutable orbit, would gravitate around the lunar disc to all eternity.
One single hypothesis of the observers of Long's Peak could ever be realized, that which foresaw the case of the travelers (if still alive) uniting their efforts with the lunar attraction to attain the surface of the disc.
Verified Identity Pass, which was approved by the US Transportation Security Administration last month to operate its Clear Registered Traveler program at select US airports, this week launched the screening program with the opening of an RT lane at New York JFK's Terminal 7.