turn (one's) coat

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turn (one's) coat

dated To change one's allegiance or affiliation (especially in politics) for personal gain or advantage. A good politician will espouse the most hard-line stance of his party's political ideologies, but a successful politician knows when to turn his coat.
See also: coat, turn
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There was no room for corrupt and turn coat traitors politicians in PTI he added.
This variance in the events, lets the dexter participants exhibit their adeptness in coding, swiftness in LAN gaming, knowledge in IT Quiz and perspicaciousness in Turn Coat.
Another user from Belfast raged: "Lanky streak of p*** getting married in a pineapple what ya like ye big turn coat f***y.
It is however the case that he was not the first turn coat and he won't be the last.
That he was permanently regarded as a turn coat by many worried him not a bit.
I and none of my family will turn coat, but we accept that they are the People's Club.
So, as part of the deal brokered by the Cleveland city fathers and the league, turn coat owner Art Modell could move his club only if he left behind the team name, colors, and records.
Blanchard is convinced that twentieth-century perceptions of Commynes have been skewed by our tendency to view him as a turn coat for having ditched le Temeraire, so he devotes the first one hundred thirty pages to a tendentious defense against this charge.
One could change party before the elections, but if one changes loyalties after being elected on another partys ticket, one is turn coat.
Now, the Eighth Amendment is used as a shield by political turn coats who are afraid to deal with the scourge of gun culture and the power of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Turn coats are busy joining attractive packages offered by the parties.
Lahore -- Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that there is no room for turn coats and forward blockers in the PML-N adding his party is united under leadership of Nawaz Sharif even today.
Responding to PML-N MNA Talal Chaudhry's criticism on APML Chairman Syed Pervez Musharrf, he said, 'Many in PML-N, were turn coats, who left their previous political parties is search for better prospects and their change of heart was only to gain benefits.
Rubbishing it as just another conspiracy theory, our dear old friend from Southern Punjab said that turn coats or black coats might look like developing chaos, but despite all internal and external pressures, Premier Gilani in consultation with President Zardari, would continue to inch his way out of all these theories.
The cast also turn coats and bits and bobs into other characters - especially the ghostly ones.