hangers-on

hanger-on

[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.

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


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

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