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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Refusing to fight for the British against his own people -- his own nation's struggle for sovereignty -- Arjun turns his coat and joins other soldier renegades to fight to drive the British out.