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[fair-weth-er] /ˈfɛərˌwɛð ər/
used in or intended for fair weather only.
weakening or failing in time of trouble:
His fair-weather friends left him when he lost his money.
Origin of fair-weather
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am assured, at least, that in you I have but a fair-weather friend, a poor lipserver.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • As she said of herself a few years later, she was not a fair-weather friend.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • "Ask him what he wants," I cried, turning to our fair-weather friend, the cook.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • It is a fair-weather sign, whether upon the sea or upon the land.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • The flying men at the front are not "fair-weather" aviators.

    Fighting the Boche Underground

    Harry Davis Trounce
  • Blow me taught, but thourt a fair-weather fellow, too, to overhaul the Dons shiners!

    Hildebrand Anonymous
  • You have it strong in your head then, and you know 'tis not all fair-weather work!

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
  • But I do not know, after all, 244 she continued, that I like fair-weather friends.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for fair-weather


suitable for use in fair weather only
not reliable or present in situations of hardship or difficulty (esp in the phrase fair-weather friend)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for fair-weather



Insincere and temporary: fair-weather fans

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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