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[hang-er-on, -awn] /ˈhæŋ ərˈɒn, -ˈɔn/
noun, plural hangers-on.
a person who remains in a place or attaches himself or herself to a group, another person, etc., although not wanted, especially in the hope or expectation of personal gain.
Origin of hanger-on
1540-50; noun use of verb phrase hang on; see -er1
toady, parasite, sycophant, follower. Unabridged
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  • Before, the government had to cobble a majority together from various hanger-on parties.
  • Yesterday, they found the hanger-on: a six-foot-long boa constrictor, curled around the base of a bathtub.
  • It's almost all gone now, except for one thing, one devious little hanger-on: cigarette butts.
British Dictionary definitions for hanger-on


noun (pl) hangers-on
a sycophantic follower or dependant, esp one hoping for personal gain
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