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Definition of hanger-on noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

hanger-on

 noun
noun
 
(pl. hangers-on) (often disapproving)
 
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a person who tries to be friendly with a famous person or who goes to important events, in order to get some advantage a famous artist surrounded by crowds of hangers-on
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