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hanger-on

[ hang-er-on, -awn ]
/ ˈhæŋ ərˈɒn, -ˈɔn /
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noun, plural hang·ers-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.
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Origin of hanger-on

1540–50; noun use of verb phrase hang on;see -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for hanger-on

hanger-on

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