fair-weather friend


Also found in: Dictionary.

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.
See also: friend

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

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.
See also: friend

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.
See also: friend

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.
See also: friend
References in periodicals archive ?
Whilst someone may be revealed as being a fair-weather friend, in the weeks to come a tie with another pal, can go from strength to strength.
Krupp is more than a fair-weather friend of astronomy at Griffith Observatory.
can now demonstrate that it isn't the fair-weather friend Pakistanis fear, or the patron of any individual leader, but a respectful ally of the Pakistani people.
She's no fair-weather friend; we are true sisters and I would fight for her." The pair has very different personalities.
The Minister said Australia had graduated from being a "fair-weather friend" to an "all-weather friend" of Asia.
The union leadership couldn't help being flattered by the oratorical bouquets, but the past five years have shown the Clinton Administration to be a fair-weather friend. "What they told us this week was wonderful," said A.F.L.-C.I.O.
I guess you could say I was running's fair-weather friend, but I know, like me, more fall under this category.
ISLAMABAD -- The Awami Muslim League chief, Sheikh Rashid , while terming Maulana Fazlur Rehman a 'fair-weather friend', said that he would leave Nawaz Sharif anytime since he could not stand with allies in difficult times.
BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra said this was not the first time Shourie has criticised the BJP and went on to attack him instead, describing him as a "fair-weather friend".
For weekly stars call 09050 700 408 Capricorn Dec 22-Jan 20 A fair-weather friend might try to corner you into loaning them something precious.
Author Snyder also offers her readers a simple and direct language that children can relate to and that makes it easy for them to grasp the concept of a fair-weather friend.
CANCER Jun 22nd - Jul 23rd While someone may be revealed as being a fair-weather friend, a tie with another pal can get stronger.
I am not a fair-weather friend, so amid the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) brouhaha, I'm standing by its chief operating officer, my BFF Cesar Montano.
Aligning with adversaries, pariah states and a fair-weather friend like Moscow may shut the door leading to a peaceful resolution for the foreseeable future.