noun, plural hang·ers-on.
Origin of hanger-on
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He seemed to think that I should be content to become a hanger-on of some fine gentleman.A Nest of Linnets|Frank Frankfort Moore
Then he was only a hanger-on; now he selected his nest and his mate to suit himself; and nobody ever dared to interfere.Forest Neighbors|William Davenport Hulbert
I perceive now that a hanger-on of the market had no right to expect a happier fate than mine has been.'Diana of the Crossways, Complete|George Meredith
Surely she might deceive this languid footman by affecting to be some hanger-on of the household, which of course was a large one.Henry Dunbar|M. E. Braddon
And the virtue he has in reverence is not a hanger-on at the counters of worldly thrift.