fair-weather friend

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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.
See also: friend

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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The episode may create a perception among India's many friends in the region the Government of India is but a fair weather friend who will delink itself from any individual (no matter how strong the previous record of friendship) and seek to ingratiate itself with any other individual at his expense, if the other person were in a position of authority.
At a time when Unite have concerns about the proposed new operating model to be implemented and on which the MoD are consulting with the unions, we can be assured of a decision maker at a ministerial level who is not a fair weather friend but a genuine ally of Gibraltar and its people.
The People will never be just a fair weather friend to readers.
Have you just discovered that someone was more of a fair weather friend than you had previously thought?
The United States is a fair weather friend to the average Pakistani, interested in engagement when something is to gain.
In times of uncertainty hotel owners and management companies need a partner that is not just a fair weather friend, but someone who will travel the heavy seas and develop sustainable long term solutions.
The sun in your partnership house puts friendships under the microscope, so work out who has always has been there for you, and who is a fair weather friend.
SUNNYHILLBOY was anything but a fair weather friend to punters with a poolbusting last-race Cheltenham win at 14-1.
He sat by and said nothing like the fair weather friend he is.
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New Zealand must not invite the accusation that it is only a fair weather friend there for the good times and for the business.
After the infant moves in, parents run head-on into the dilemma that really separates the fair weather friend from the true believer: cloth versus plastic diapers.
That Washington has given the green light to such an ungrateful action on the part of the Haidar al Abadi government in Baghdad once again adds force to the view across the region that the US is a fair weather friend who can turn against even those that have helped it enormously, should some policymakers in Washington fall under the influence of lobbies against such friendly groups.
If Mr Bush does indeed win a second term, he may forgiven for considering Mr Blair no more than a fair weather friend and not to be trusted.
If your bud exhibits at least three of the above traits on a regular basis, that makes her a classic fair weather friend.