turn (one's) coat

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turn (one's) coat

dated To change one's allegiance or affiliation (especially in politics) for personal gain or advantage. A good politician will espouse the most hard-line stance of his party's political ideologies, but a successful politician knows when to turn his coat.
See also: coat, turn
References in classic literature ?
Why, I read in the `Trumpet' that was what the Duke of Wellington said when he turned his coat and went over to the Romans.
He turned his coat collar up to hide any gleam of his dirty shirt.
Coupled with the cuts in funding from the United States to UNESCO (as US punishment for accepting Palestine as a member) as well as cuts to core funding from Congress, Abbas has no ambition left to keeping dancing for Washington -- particularly after Obama turned his coat.