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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhanger-onˌhanger-ˈon noun (plural hangers-on) [countable]  SPEND TIMEsomeone who spends a lot of time with a rich or important person, because they hope to get some advantage for themselves He was surrounded by a crowd of friends and hangers-on.
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hanger-onGo and be a hanger-on at Henry's storehouses, and pick up what grain you can.He felt like a hanger-on, a toady.The greater houses still served as general assembly rooms for a host of petitioners, relatives, friends and hangers-on.Several of Warhol's friends and hangers-on were interviewed for the documentary.The Tiller fame and fortune had also become an attraction for hangers-on to members of his family.Soon the twins and their brunettes and various glamorous hangers-on were all stripped off round the pool.Before our journey we had discussed whether the court and its hangers-on would be there.He made friends easily though he occasionally collected the odd hanger-on who I felt sure was only waiting for a Sheikhly hand-out.
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