hanger–on

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noun hang·er–on \ˈhaŋ-ər-ˌȯn, -ˌän\

Definition of hanger–on

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hangers–on

  1. :  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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