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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What I did find out was who stuck with me, who was loyal, and who were fairweather friends.
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Losing a job, contracting a serious illness or splitting up with a partner - all these are excuses to send fairweather friends scurrying for cover as they hum and haw about whether they still want to know you.
It features tunes from some of the world's best loved musicals, Disney songs and romantic ballads performed by Wiseman along with Fairweather Friends, the band's own close-harmony group.
He was brave to take it on and he's been shamefully treated by fairweather friends in London.
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THERE'S no excuse for not training, my fairweather friends, if you've one of these at hand.
They acted so swiftly that long-term comrades were bewildered, while fairweather friends grinned at the opportunity to wax moral over procedural violations.
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I only hope that when Cardiff City next win promotion, Sam the Man is surrounded by real supporters, and not fairweather friends.
And when the cheering stops there is a real danger that his money will disappear as quickly as his fairweather friends.
Healsobagged h is owners, Fairweather Friends, pounds 10,000 as part of the 2012 RacingPostYearlingBonus.