Definition of hanger-on in English:

hanger-on

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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: the shysters, the freebooters, the hangers-on who traditionally take advantage of champions
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    follower, flunkey, toady, camp follower, sycophant, fawner, parasite, leech; henchman, minion, lackey, vassal, dependant, retainer, acolyte, underling; North American cohort
    informal groupie, sponger, freeloader, passenger, sidekick
    British informal ligger
    archaic liegeman, pursuivant

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