- 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
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toady, parasite, sycophant, follower.
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- a sycophantic follower or dependant, esp one hoping for personal gain