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hanger-on

[hang-er-on, -awn]
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noun, plural hang·ers-on.
  1. 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

Synonyms

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toady, parasite, sycophant, follower.
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British Dictionary definitions for hangerson

hanger-on

noun plural hangers-on
  1. a sycophantic follower or dependant, esp one hoping for personal gain
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