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A hanger-on is a person often without any friends who follows around popular groups in for example school or at parties/clubs etc. trying to become part of that group.
You're in a group of 6 people, only 5 of them are your friends the other person just follows the group all the time, he's in that case the hanger-on.
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A hanger-on is someone who hangs on to a celebrity is either no longer relevant and are in the purgatory or relevance and irrelevance. A hanger on has something to gain by hanging out to the has-been celebrity. A hanger-on is a pejorative meant to belittle and degrade someone who is clasping on to a barely relevant celeb to increase their measly social status and career.
The only people left in Chris Brown's crew are hanger-on types.
by SmokerisnoJoker July 23, 2017
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