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.
- hanged for a sheep as a lamb, might as well be,
- hanged, drawn, and quartered,
- hanging gardens of babylon,
- hanging glacier
Origin of hanger-on
1540–50; noun use of verb phrase hang on; see -er1
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noun plural hangers-on
a sycophantic follower or dependant, esp one hoping for personal gain
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