Meaning of “hanger-on” in the English Dictionary

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"hanger-on" in British English

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hanger-onnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌhæŋ.ərˈɒn/ us /ˌhæŋ.ɚˈɑːn/ plural hangers-on disapproving

(Definition of “hanger-on” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hanger-onnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhæŋ·ərˈɔn, -ˈɑn/ plural hangers-on /ˈhæŋ·ərzˈɔn, -ˈɑn/

a person who tries to be friendly and spend time with rich or important people to get some advantage:

Wherever there are rock stars, there are always hangers-on.

(Definition of “hanger-on” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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