fair-weather friend


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fair-weather friend

Someone who stops being supportive or loyal when you run into difficulties and need help.
Translations

fair-weather friend

[ˌfɛəweðəˈfrend] Namigo/a m/f en la prosperidad or del buen viento
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That's called a fair-weather friend and that's not a friend at all.
Ironically, Qatar's foreign minister complains that Riyadh is attempting to undermine his country's sovereignty even as he welcomes Turkish troops on the soil of his tiny country despite Turkey's history of being a fair-weather friend.
One former aide added: "There is a big feeling Boris is a fair-weather friend who strikes poses and can't be trusted.
The sweetheart is still there - and playing bowls - but the crocus proved a fair-weather friend, gone within a couple of years.
Capricorn Dec 22-Jan 20 A fair-weather friend might try to corner you into loaning them something precious.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, despite his history of cheerleading for despots like Saddam Hussein, may prove to be a fair-weather friend for Western nations insofar as he has expressed his motivation to quash AQAP's activities within his borders.
Whilst someone may be revealed as being a fair-weather friend, in the weeks to come a tie with another pal, can go from strength to strength.
Krupp is more than a fair-weather friend of astronomy at Griffith Observatory.
can now demonstrate that it isn't the fair-weather friend Pakistanis fear, or the patron of any individual leader, but a respectful ally of the Pakistani people.
More serious, if no less amusing, missives are sent to a fair-weather friend who had denounced him and then sent a charity cheek and a letter professing "affection" ("Give me no more affection; I stagger beneath that already conferred"); and to the treasurer of the Screenwriters Guild, who had notified him his dues were in intern's ("I thought (your letter) rather loud and more than ordinarily witless, but to deny you those qualities would be to silence you altogether; and that, for constitutional reasons alone, I should not like to see happen").
The union leadership couldn't help being flattered by the oratorical bouquets, but the past five years have shown the Clinton Administration to be a fair-weather friend.
Aligning with adversaries, pariah states and a fair-weather friend like Moscow may shut the door leading to a peaceful resolution for the foreseeable future.