[hang-er-on, -awn]
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.

1540–50; noun use of verb phrase hang on; see -er1

toady, parasite, sycophant, follower.
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n , pl hangers-on
a sycophantic follower or dependant, esp one hoping for personal gain

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Example sentences
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.
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