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fair-weather fan

A person who is supportive of and enthusiastic about a sports team only when that team is performing well. I've been rooting for the home team in their playoff run, but I'll admit I'm just a fair-weather fan.
See also: fan

fair-weather friend

Fig. someone who is your friend only when things are pleasant or going well for you. Bill stayed for lunch but he wouldn't help me with the yard work. He's just a fair-weather friend. A fair-weather friend isn't much help in an emergency.
See also: friend

heavy going

difficult to do, understand, or make progress with. Jim finds math heavy going. Talking to Mary is heavy going. She has nothing interesting to say.
See also: going, heavy

How do you like this weather?

something said when greeting someone. (A direct answer is expected.) Henry: Hi, Bill. How do you like this weather? Bill: Lovely weather for ducks. Not too good for me, though. Alice: Gee, it's hot! How do you like this weather? Rachel: You can have it!
See also: how, like, this

(I've) been under the weather.

Fig. a greeting response indicating that one has been ill. John: How have you been? Sally: I've been under the weather, but I'm better. Doctor: How are you? Mary: I've been under the weather. Doctor: Maybe we can fix that. What seems to be the trouble?
See also: weather

keep one's weather eye open

Fig. to watch for something (to happen); to be on the alert (for something); to be on guard. Some trouble is brewing. Keep your weather eye open. Try to be more alert. Learn to keep your weather eye open.
See also: eye, keep, open, weather

Lovely weather for ducks,

 and Fine weather for ducks.
Cliché a greeting meaning that this unpleasant rainy weather must be good for something. Bill: Hi, Bob. How do you like this weather? Bob: Lovely weather for ducks. Sally: What a lot of rain! Tom: Yeah. Lovely weather for ducks. Don't care for it much myself.
See also: duck, lovely, weather

Nice weather we're having.

1. Lit. Isn't the weather nice? (Sometimes used to start a conversation with a stranger.) Bill: Nice weather we're having. Bob: Yeah. It's great. Mary glanced out the window and said to the lady sitting next to her, "Nice weather we're having."
2. Fig. Isn't this weather bad? (Sarcastic.) Bill: Hi, Tom. Nice weather we're having, huh? Tom: Yeah. Gee, it's hot! Mary: Nice weather we're having! Sally: Sure. Lovely weather for ducks.
See also: have, nice, weather

under the weather

1. ill. I feel sort of under the weather today. Whatever I ate for lunch is making me feel a bit under the weather.
2. intoxicated. Daddy's had a few beers and is under the weather again. Wally's just a tad under the weather.
See also: weather

weather permitting

Fig. if the weather allows it. Weather permitting, we will be there on time. The plane lands at midnight, weather permitting.
See also: permit, weather

weather the storm

1. Fig. to experience and survive a storm. We decided to stay in the building and weather the storm there with the other visitors.
2. Fig. to experience something and survive it. (Fig. on {2}.) The manager went on another shouting rampage and frightened his assistants. The rest of us stayed in our offices to weather the storm.
See also: storm, weather

What do you think of this weather?

a phrase used to open a conversation with someone, often someone one has just met. Sue: Glad to meet you, Mary. Mary: What do you think about this weather? Sue: I've seen better. Bill: What do you think about this weather? Jane: Lovely weather for ducks.
See also: of, think, this

weather the storm

also ride out the storm
to continue to exist and not be harmed during a difficult period Johnson apparently has weathered the storm over his careless remarks.
See also: storm, weather

under the weather

not healthy It's hard to keep working when you're under the weather.
See also: weather

weather the storm

to be all right despite experiencing serious problems or great difficulties Bob lost his job, but somehow his family weathered the storm.
See also: storm, weather

brass monkey weather

  (British very informal)
extremely cold weather It's brass monkey weather today, isn't it! (British very informal!)
See also: brass, monkey, weather

a fair-weather friend

someone who is only your friend when you are happy and successful I had a lot of money and I knew a lot of people, but most of them turned out to be fair-weather friends.
See also: friend

make heavy weather of something/doing something

  (British & Australian)
to take a longer time than necessary to do something He's making heavy weather of writing his report - Ingrid finished hers days ago.
See also: heavy, make, of, weather

keep a weather eye on something/somebody

  (British & Australian)
to watch something or someone carefully, because they may cause trouble or they may need help I'd like you to keep a weather eye on the situation and report any major developments to me at once.
See also: eye, keep, weather

ride out/weather the storm

to continue to exist and not be harmed during a very difficult period When smaller companies were going bankrupt, the big companies with wider interests managed to ride out the storm. It remains to be seen if the President will weather the political storm caused by his remarks.
See also: out, ride, storm

be/feel under the weather

to feel ill I'm feeling a little under the weather - I think I may have caught a cold.
See ride out the storm, keep a weather eye on
See also: weather

fair-weather friend

A person who is dependable in good times but is not in times of trouble. For example, You can't rely on Sarah-she's strictly a fair-weather friend. This expression likens fair weather to good times. [Early 1700s]
See also: friend

heavy going

Also, heavy weather.
1. Difficult, as in Tom found calculus heavy going, or It's going to be heavy weather for us from here on. The first expression originally referred to a road or path that was hard to negotiate; the variant alludes to bad weather at sea. [Mid-1800s]
2. make heavy weather of. Make hard work or a fuss over something, especially unnecessarily. For example, They made heavy weather of the differences between their proposals, which actually seemed much alike . This use of weather likens a commotion to a storm. [Mid-1900s]
See also: going, heavy

keep a weather eye out

Also, keep a weather eye on or open . Be extremely watchful or alert, as in We should keep a weather eye on our competitors in case they start a price war. The precise allusion in this expression is disputed, but presumably it refers to watching for a storm. [Early 1800s]
See also: eye, keep, out, weather

make heavy weather

see under heavy going.
See also: heavy, make, weather

under the weather

Ailing, ill; also, suffering from a hangover. For example, She said she was under the weather and couldn't make it to the meeting. This expression presumably alludes to the influence of the weather on one's health. [Early 1800s] The same term is sometimes used as a euphemism for being drunk, as in After four drinks, Ellen was a bit under the weather.
See also: weather

weather the storm

Survive difficulties, as in If she can just weather the storm of that contract violation, she'll be fine. This expression alludes to a ship coming safely through bad weather. [Mid-1600s]
See also: storm, weather

weather in

1. To cause something to be inoperable, inaccessible, or unable to move safely due to adverse weather: This storm will weather the fleet in. The storm could weather in the climbers for days. The squadron is weathered in because of dense fog.
2. To cause something to remain inside due to adverse weather: A northeaster weathered us in for most of our vacation. Bring a book to read in case we get weathered in.
See also: weather

weather out

1. To spend, endure, or survive some storm: We weathered out the storm in a shelter. I'm not sure if we will evacuate the area or stay here and weather the storm out.
2. To force the cancellation or postponement of some event because of adverse weather: Our flight was scheduled for 6:00, but the storm weathered it out. The picnic was weathered out.
3. To spend, endure, or survive something: I weathered out five tours in Vietnam. The first weeks of school are difficult, but you'll weather them out.
4. To become exposed by the erosion of surrounding material: Some of the dinosaur bones remain embedded in the rock, while others are lying on the surface where they weathered out. We found many geodes that had weathered out and were lying in the sand.
5. weather out of To become separated from some surrounding material by the erosive effects of weather: The holes are where hematite has weathered out of the sandstone. We found gold that had weathered out of a vein upstream.
See also: out, weather


mod. temporary; insincere. (From fair-weather sailor.) I need something more than a fair-weather friend to help me through all this.

under the weather

1. mod. ill. Whatever I ate for lunch is making me feel a bit under the weather.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Willy’s just a tad under the weather.
See also: weather

make heavy weather of

To exaggerate the difficulty of something to be done.
See also: heavy, make, of, weather

under the weather

1. Somewhat indisposed; slightly ill.
2. Slang
a. Intoxicated; drunk.
b. Suffering from a hangover.
See also: weather
References in classic literature ?
I can only hope that for this once he is correct, and that the weather really is doing good to something, because it is doing me a considerable amount of damage.
I don't know how it is, but there always seem to me to be more people, and dogs, and perambulators, and cabs, and carts about in wet weather than at any other time, and they all get in your way more, and everybody is so disagreeable--except myself--and it does make me so wild.
It tried its best, but the instrument was built so that it couldn't prophesy fine weather any harder than it did without breaking itself.
Boots said it was evident that we were going to have a prolonged spell of grand weather SOME TIME, and read out a poem which was printed over the top of the oracle, about
From the 4th to the 6th of December inclusive, the weather remaining much the same in America, the great European instruments of Herschel, Rosse, and Foucault, were constantly directed toward the moon, for the weather was then magnificent; but the comparative weakness of their glasses prevented any trustworthy observations being made.
He uttered a low whistle and sauntered away to the window, where he stood for some minutes looking out upon the pleasing prospect of sullen grey clouds, streaming rain, soaking lawn, and dripping leafless trees, and muttering execrations on the weather, and then sat down to breakfast.
Had the weather at all permitted, he would doubtless have ordered his horse and set off to some distant region, no matter where, immediately after breakfast, and not returned till night: had there been a lady anywhere within reach, of any age between fifteen and forty-five, he would have sought revenge and found employment in getting up, or trying to get up, a desperate flirtation with her; but being, to my private satisfaction, entirely cut off from both these sources of diversion, his sufferings were truly deplorable.
It was sultry and oppressive, reminding me of what the old Californians term "earthquake weather.
If it were taken seriously, its advocates ought to profess that any one truth is logically inferable from any other, and that, for example, the fact that Caesar conquered Gaul, if adequately considered, would enable us to discover what the weather will be to-morrow.
I have no doubt they got ashore, in that calm weather (making all due allowance for fatigue and clumsy rowing), before day-break.
There must be some uncommonly dirty weather knocking about.
Suppose all'ee same fine weather, one piecie coolie-man come topside," he pursued, warming up imaginatively.
It was pretty much the same for the next two days, with a tolerably fair wind and dry weather.
The weather continuing obstinately and almost unprecedentedly bad, we usually straggled into this cabin, more or less faint and miserable, about an hour before noon, and lay down on the sofas to recover; during which interval, the captain would look in to communicate the state of the wind, the moral certainty of its changing to-morrow (the weather is always going to improve to- morrow, at sea), the vessel's rate of sailing, and so forth.
Within, what carpet like its crunching sand, what music merry as its crackling logs, what perfume like its kitchen's dainty breath, what weather genial as its hearty warmth