troop, troupe
A troop is an armoured unit of soldiers or a group of Scouts, whereas a troupe is a company of actors or performers. Correspondingly, a trooper is a soldier in an armoured unit (and, in America and Australia, a mounted police officer) and a trouper is a member of a group of actors or performers and (figuratively) ‘a staunch colleague’ (usually with a favourable qualifying word:

• I don't think you're selfish at all. In fact, Maisie, I think you're a proper trouper —Dick Francis, 1976).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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