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fellow traveler

a person who supports or sympathizes with a political party, especially the Communist Party, but is not an enrolled member.
anyone who, although not a member, supports or sympathizes with some organization, movement, or the like.
Origin of fellow traveler
1605-15, for literal sense
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[fel-oh-trav-uh-ling, -trav-ling] /ˌfɛl oʊˌtræv ə lɪŋ, -ˈtræv lɪŋ/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Both Jim and his fellow traveler jumped to their feet and hastened out.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • "I knew you were a druggist," said my fellow traveler, affably.

  • Nevertheless the man had not been so unmindful of his fellow traveler.

    The Ranch Girls in Europe Margaret Vandercook
  • It came, without a doubt, from the igloo of his fellow traveler, the woman.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • And if I was you, I'd stop in the door just this side—and get acquainted with your fellow traveler.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
  • It was only a fleeting glance, but in it, it seemed, the whole character of his fellow traveler had changed.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • As truthfulness is not a Japanese virtue, it is well to consult your fellow traveler and to use your own judgment as to quality.

    My Trip Around the World Eleonora Hunt
  • The stranger laughed, though he had taken off his hat and bowed courteously to his fellow traveler.

    The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge Margaret Vandercook
fellow traveler in Culture

fellow traveler definition

One who supports the aims or philosophies of a political group without joining it. A “fellow traveler” is usually one who sympathizes with communist doctrines but is not a member of the Communist party. The term was used disparagingly in the 1950s to describe people accused of being communists.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for fellow traveler

fellow traveler

noun phrase

A person who sympathizes with a cause or doctrine, without openly identifying himself with it: These people are not hipsters, they are fellow travelers

[1930s+; said to have been coined by Leon Trotsky in Russian as sputnik and translated into English as ''fellow traveler'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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