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fair-weather

[fair-weth-er]
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adjective
  1. used in or intended for fair weather only.
  2. weakening or failing in time of trouble: His fair-weather friends left him when he lost his money.
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Origin of fair-weather

First recorded in 1730–40
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Examples from the Web for fair-weather

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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.


British Dictionary definitions for fair-weather

fair-weather

adjective
  1. suitable for use in fair weather only
  2. not reliable or present in situations of hardship or difficulty (esp in the phrase fair-weather friend)
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