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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Being alone and isolated is dangerous and damaging, the USA a fair-weather friend at best as shown with Iran and a threat to the NHS and welfare state in any economic relationship.
He said that China is Pakistan's fair-weather friend as she always stands with us in difficult times.
What Ankara fails to understand is that Qatar is a fair-weather friend and a part-time ally that cannot be trusted.
But questions over Zanu-PF's conduct at the polls and this week's brutal crackdown on protesters by security forces - during which six people were killed - are making investors wonder whether Mnangagwa is a fair-weather friend, and evoked unwelcome memories of Mugabe's reign, according to Laurie.
ally, in good times and in bad, while acting as something of a fair-weather friend to the Soviet Union and China.
This implied being a faithful US ally, in good times and in bad, while acting as something of a fair-weather friend to the Soviet Union and China.
Nisar terming him a fair-weather friend of Nawaz Sharif.
That's called a fair-weather friend and that's not a friend at all."
One former aide added: "There is a big feeling Boris is a fair-weather friend who strikes poses and can't be trusted." The book, Cameron at No10: The Inside Story, lifts the lid on their squabbles and claims Mr Cameron got jealous as Boris hogged the limelight during the 2012 Olympics.
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.