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fellow traveler

noun
1.
a person who supports or sympathizes with a political party, especially the Communist Party, but is not an enrolled member.
2.
anyone who, although not a member, supports or sympathizes with some organization, movement, or the like.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15, for literal sense
Related forms
fellow-traveling
[fel-oh-trav-uh-ling, -trav-ling] /ˌfɛl oʊˌtræv ə lɪŋ, -ˈtræv lɪŋ/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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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.

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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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