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.
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Translations

fair-weather friend

[ˌfɛəweðəˈfrend] Namigo/a m/f en la prosperidad or del buen viento
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Maybe if I had, I would have understood how to survive fair-weather friends and personalities whose memories are conveniently short; those one would believe or assume should be eternal repository of good works.
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I found no comfort in any of the philosophical ideas which some men parade in their hours of ease and strength and safety; they seemed only fair-weather friends.
The regime has been pushed to a corner and is of the view that new fair-weather friends like Turkey and Iran will bail it out.
Since then, it would appear enough politicians were fooled into thinking the Americans would always support their causes, but as we've seen with recent events in Kenya, the US (and the Brits) are fair-weather friends and will use and dump political groupings as when their own interests demand.
With fair-weather friends like Canada, one can only pity Ukraine.
Maybe that's how they attracted such fair-weather friends as Sir Michael Caine, who quickly turned his ire on them intro 20l them when Gordon Brown introduced the 50p tax rate in 2009.
He captures the essence of memoir by recounting tales of whimsical women, fair-weather friends and his frugal Caribbean father; all while keeping the faith with his devout Christian grandmother.