noun (plural hangers-on)
A person who associates with another person or a group in a sycophantic manner or for the purpose of gaining some personal advantage: he was a hanger-on who used to come around and drink with Father
More example sentences
- We aren't paid the vast sums of money, we aren't as high profile, we don't have as much media intrusion or the sort of hangers-on that can be associated with Premiership stars.
- But he also set an undisputed world record, for the number of aides, acolytes, spongers and hangers-on that he assembled in one place at the same time.
- Chris and Emma got married among friends, family and associated hangers-on on Saturday night.
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