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fair-weather friend

Someone who remains a friend only when things are going well but abandons others during times of trouble or difficulty. I thought Allison and I had a strong friendship, but I learned she was just another fair-weather friend when she stopped talking to me after my divorce.
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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.
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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]
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a fair-weather friend

someone who cannot be relied on in a crisis.
1998 Spectator The Americans gave up supplying gold on demand to other countries' central banks at £35 an ounce…when their fair-weather friends from London threatened to turn up and clean them out.
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a ˌfair-weather ˈfriend

(disapproving) somebody who is only a friend when it is pleasant for them, and stops being a friend when you are in trouble: I really thought she’d be here to help me, but it seems that she’s just a fair-weather friend.
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fair-weather friend

A friend who is faithful in good times but fails you in time of trouble. It is the opposite of a friend in need is a friend indeed. The transfer of “fair weather” to “good times” presumably occurred long before, but the adjectival application to a friend of dubious loyalty did not take place until the early eighteenth century.
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I would be a fairweather friend were I not to defend an honourable man from such slurs without Mr McGuin providing the necessary evidence which, of course, he is unable to do.
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Unfortunately this can also be a week when any fairweather friend in your circle can become known to you.
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Mr Olsen said it was important to indicate to our Asian neighbours that, despite the current economic difficulties they faced, South Australia was not a fairweather friend.
Following the adventures of Goggles the wood frog, the show features a variety of characters including Mr Fisher the Heron, fairweather friend Rubber Duck and tricky Honk the Spotted Skunk.
With her shaggy blonde hair, she came on looking almost possessed while pumping out her punk rock songs like And You'll Be There and Fairweather Friend. Then she mellowed to sing the beautiful Seasons Change before delighting everyone with her famous Runaway Love, which stole the show.
It took a while but eventually I managed to banish all memory of my fairweather friend from both my mind and my bank account.
She could well prove better company than your fairweather friend. Just remember not to freeze her out if you catch someone's eye and get chatting.
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Tony Blair knows that The Mirror is not a fairweather friend. We have stuck with Labour through the long bad years and we will still be with him every step of the way when the going gets tough.