a friend in need

friend in need

A person who is dependable and a good friend in difficult times. Taken from the proverb "a friend in need is a friend indeed." Michelle stayed with me in the hospital when I broke my ankle. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
See also: friend, need

a ˌfriend in ˈneed (is a ˌfriend inˈdeed)

(saying) a friend who helps you when you are in trouble (is a real friend): I’ll always be grateful to Tom for helping me; a friend in need is a friend indeed!
See also: friend, need
References in classic literature ?
     Think twice before you speak to a friend in need.
This really notable man was a friend in need to the telephone.