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.
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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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figure By TOM OSANJO It is only a man or woman for that matter who has been down and out but rose again who can really understand where Oliech is coming from.Losing a fortune, fair weather friends taking off and losing your mum are all calamities that can destroy even the strongest of men.
Illustrating with an anecdote in Jonathan's case, he explained the four seasons in the life of democrats or politicians: 'Campaign to election, when you take up office and came in with high popularity and it starts to dwindle; immediately after you leave office, you lose fair weather friends; when you have weathered the storm and look up again.
FAIR WEATHER FRIENDS Gordon has cleared air with Sutty, left, and believes break in Dubai with stars including new Bhoy Compper, Tierney, Ntcham and Dembele, left, will see Hoops prove doubters wrong
Forget about those fair weather friends who were only there during the good times and those people who threw you under the bus.
Though, too many onlookers, hangers on or fair weather friends could ruin your fun.
However, too many onlookers, hangers on, or fair weather friends could ruin your fun.
Adesina reassured the Nigerian authorities of the Banks support: We are not fair weather friends, he said.
Self-interested types always strike from behind and are, at best, only fair weather friends.
Defying a surge in string of deadly bomb blasts and economic woes, the nation proved its metal of not being bogged down and look forward with dreams of keeping the wolves at bay once again through rare virtue of imperturbability, tells the world and its fair weather friends to their utter dismay that they cannot be branded as 'a failed nation'.
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At least, the bonding between Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan suggests that they are no fair weather friends.
Maybe you've heard of fair weather friends, who are only around when times are good, when they need something or when somebody else is picking up the tab.
Unfortunately, if there are any fair weather friends in your world, these too can be revealed.
The minute you cut off the supply, fair weather friends will drop you like a hot potato.
Get rid of fair weather friends and focus on the quiet supporters who give their all and ask for nothing.