noun (plural hangers-on) Date: 1542 one that hangs around a person, place, or institution especially for personal gain

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  • Hanger-on — Hang er on ( [o^]n ), n.; pl. {Hangers on} ( [ e]rz [o^]n ). One who hangs on, or sticks to, a person, place, or service; a dependent; one who adheres to others society longer than he is wanted. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hanger-on — plural hangers on n someone who spends a lot of time with a rich or important person, because they hope to get some advantage for themselves ▪ He was surrounded by a crowd of friends and hangers on …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hanger-on — [haŋ′ər än′] n. pl. hangers on [< HANG ON + ER] a follower or dependent; specif., a) a person who joins another, some group, etc. although not wanted b) a follower who seeks personal gain; sycophant; parasite …   English World dictionary

  • hanger-on — (plural ,hangers on) noun count INFORMAL someone who spends time with powerful, rich, or famous people in order to get some personal advantage. This word shows that you dislike people who do this …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hanger-on — meaning ‘an unwelcome follower or dependant’, has the plural form hangers on …   Modern English usage

  • hanger-on — ► NOUN (pl. hangers on) ▪ a person who associates sycophantically with another person …   English terms dictionary

  • hanger on — index partisan Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hanger-on — index disciple Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hanger-on — *parasite, sycophant, leech, sponge, sponger, favorite, toady, lickspittle, bootlicker …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hanger-on — [n] person who attends the powerful for status or benefit dependent, flunky*, follower, freeloader*, lackey*, leech*, nuisance, parasite, sponger*, sycophant, truckler*; concept 423 …   New thesaurus

  • hanger-on — noun someone who persistently (and annoyingly) follows along • Syn: ↑tagalong • Derivationally related forms: ↑tag along (for: ↑tagalong) • Hypernyms: ↑fo …   Useful english dictionary

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