hanger-on

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noun hang·er-on \ ˈhaŋ-ər-ˌȯn , -ˌän \

Definition of hanger-on

plural hangers-on
:one that hangs around a person, place, or institution especially for personal gain

First Known Use of hanger-on

1542


HANGER-ON Defined for English Language Learners

hanger-on

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Definition of hanger-on for English Language Learners

  • : someone who spends a lot of time around a person, place, or group in order to get something (such as fame, money, or power)



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