Definition of fair-weather friend in English:

fair-weather friend


  • A person whose friendship cannot be relied on in times of difficulty.

    • ‘Nine years of extravagance, fair-weather friends, a stock market crash, a paternity suit and a devastating gambling addiction have left the 38-year-old man nearly penniless.’
    • ‘‘I don't need fair-weather friends,’ she sniffled again.’
    • ‘The best way to defend democracy is to spread democracy, not suppress it in the interests of fair-weather friends.’
    • ‘She remembered a woman who had once told her: ‘It's easy to be grateful and good when you have so much, but take care that you are not a fair-weather friend!’’
    • ‘Some described false confidence as the ultimate fair-weather friend, buoying you when times are good and deserting you when they're bad.’
    • ‘I went to the football game and stayed for the entire game, not like you fair-weather friends who left after it became clear we were getting killed.’
    • ‘I have to say I'm kind of a fair-weather friend.’
    • ‘The fact that he can say that tonight suggests that, actually, he is a fair-weather friend.’
    • ‘He saw no reason not to make enemies of such fair-weather friends.’
    • ‘The fair-weather friends have evidently evaporated into thin air, effectively abandoning him and vilifying his illustrious name.’
    • ‘This is the time when we should be showing we are not fair-weather friends… but we are showing just the opposite.’
    • ‘The other ‘friends’ of mine I didn't really care about, they were basically fair-weather friends, drifting away when the going got tough but coming back as if nothing had happened the second they saw a bonus in it for them.’
    • ‘Now, as a teen, I experience all sorts of stuff: fair-weather friends, peer pressure, tight cliques… that kind of stuff.’
    • ‘The regime was pilloried as a fair-weather friend in the wake of that event.’
    • ‘Even several thousand years ago government figures were known to be fair-weather friends who exploited their friendship for personal advantage.’
    • ‘The country now greatly needs allies that can re-establish a basis of mutual trust and candor, not fair-weather friends who are on its side when times are easy but invisible when the great challenges come.’
    • ‘I suppose that makes me a fair-weather friend, doesn't it?’
    • ‘I used to think I was fortunate to have a number of fair-weather friends - people that I could go to the pub with, or go to the cinema with - but this is something very different.’