adjective Date: 1736 1. loyal only during a time of success <
a fair-weather friend
2. suitable for or done during fair weather <
a fair-weather sail

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fair-weather — mod. temporary; insincere. (From fair weather sailor.) □ I need something more than a fair weather friend to help me through all this. □ Well, I see you are just a fair weather golfer like me …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • fair-weather — ADJ: ADJ n (disapproval) You use fair weather to refer to someone who offers help to someone, or who takes part in a particular activity, only when it is easy or pleasant for them to do so. The Queen has told Canadians she s not just a fair… …   English dictionary

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