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camp follower

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noun
  1. a civilian not officially connected with a military unit, especially a prostitute, who follows or settles near an army camp.
  2. a person who sympathizes with or espouses the aims of a group without belonging to it.
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Origin of camp follower

First recorded in 1800–10
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British Dictionary definitions for camp follower

camp follower

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

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]

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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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