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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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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.
The Hindi speaking courtiers and camp followers very cunningly posed it to be a separate language to ensure the continuity of their privileged status and vested group interests in changing dynastic political environments.
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).
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.
In terms of pioneering gay innuendo-ridden comedy, we can forget camp followers Larry Grayson, Julian Clary, Graham Norton and new boy Alan Carr.
A belief that God would deliver victory to the army that cleansed itself of the sins of the flesh may have informed some of the more vindictive purges of camp followers, such as Philippe Strozzi's decision to drown 800 prostitutes during France's sixteenth-century Wars of Religion (p.
Alas, the world economic crisis overtook everything, and the June 2009 congress drew just over 200 delegates, not counting partners, journalists and assorted camp followers.
The State of the City address was delivered among a friendly crowd of political supporters and various Spring Street camp followers at the Balqon Electric Truck factory in Harbor City.
She describes what it was like to be a woman in Canada and the United States in 1812; how the wives of soldiers and officers fared during the conflict; and the experience of women as nurses, combatants, agents, camp followers, and even POWs.
Saturday activities include "Civil War Era Music" by Gum Springs Serenaders and The Camp Followers, 10am to noon.