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camp follower

a civilian not officially connected with a military unit, especially a prostitute, who follows or settles near an army camp.
a person who sympathizes with or espouses the aims of a group without belonging to it.
Origin of camp follower
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Not a camp follower among us but knew that the arrival of our men from the North would give us the great prize in sight.

  • It must be realised that these were not fighting men; their sole training had been that of the camp follower.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
  • And, giving our horses in charge of a camp follower, we sought out Sergeant Lawson, who willingly agreed to accompany us.

    The Young Cavalier Percy F. Westerman
  • The army mule was dubbed a "brevet horse" and the camp follower became a "brevet soldier."

  • Occasionally in camp a number of them would club together and hire some "camp follower" or some other soldier to do it.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • An equally strong line of cavalry in the rear drove in front of it every straggler or camp follower.

    The Scouts of Stonewall Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for camp follower

camp follower

any civilian, esp a prostitute, who unofficially provides services to military personnel
a nonmember who is sympathetic to a particular group, theory, etc
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Idioms and Phrases with camp follower

camp follower

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 ]
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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