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noun as in person who attends the powerful for status or benefit

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She sees him for the talentless, wanna-be-famous hanger-on that he is.

The pesky hanger-on evidently possessed an understanding of my immune system that allopathic medicine has yet to match.

While still in humble circumstances and obscure, he was a hanger-on in the suit of the Governor of Africa.

"I am a bookseller's hanger-on—you are going to try your paces as a hack," Warrington said, with a laugh.

Rupert, his son, was but a penniless hanger-on at the royal court; the manor of Lorne a fire-gutted wreckage.

Nor can such a person be a mere fribble; nor can any loose hanger-on of fashion imagine he may assume the character.

I must be mighty careful or I'll lose my point of view and become a wretched hanger-on at the skirts of these fakers.


On this page you'll find 26 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to hanger-on, such as: dependent, flunky/flunkey, follower, freeloader, lackey, and leech.

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