Meaning of “fair-weather friend” in the English Dictionary

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"fair-weather friend" in English

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fair-weather friendnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌfeə.weð.ə ˈfrend/ us /ˌfer.weð.ɚ ˈfrend/ disapproving

Examples from literature

  • But more often it was blankly apparent to him that, the moment flags were flying and drums on the roll, these amiable fair-weather friends would probably take to their heels. 
  • They seemed only fair-weather friends. 

(Definition of “fair-weather friend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fair-weather friend" in American English

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fair-weather friendnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfeər ˌweð·ər ˈfrend/

someone who can be depended on only when everything is going well

(Definition of “fair-weather friend” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)