from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Suitable or used only during fair weather: fair-weather hiking gear.
- adj. Present and dependable only in good times: fair-weather friends.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Suitable for use only during fair weather
- adj. Dependable only in the absence of trouble.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made or done in pleasant weather, or in circumstances involving but little exposure or sacrifice.
- adj. Appearing only when times or circumstances are prosperous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Existing or done in or fitted for only pleasant weather; hence, figuratively, appearing in or suited to only favorable circumstances; not capable of withstanding or outliving opposition or adversity: as, a fair-weather voyage; fair-weather friends or Christians; fair-weather kindness.
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They’ve proved not to be so compatible in disaster, what Mamaw would call fair-weather friends.
The praise the Sun poured on Ed Miliband after his kneejerk demand for Mr Clarke's head may have particularly spooked Mr Cameron if he discerned that his allies at News International were revealing themselves to be fair-weather friends.
This year it was indeed a splendidly sunny day, prompting the women of Paris to move from winter coats to le trench and bringing fair-weather joggers into the parks.
At 41, I feel alone and abandoned; parents are deceased, divorced, no children and fair-weather friends.
O'Keefe's fair-weather patron, Andrew Breitbart, was among the many people who felt that O'Keefe should explain himself.
Capital-markets liquidity turned out to be a fair-weather friend: always around in good times but nowhere to be seen once the going got tough.
After the euro's relatively long fair-weather period, the global financial crisis led to the European sovereign debt crisis and brought the cracks out in the open.
Instead of bolstering her popularity, Ms. Merkel's fair-weather economics only fed public panic about nuclear power.
Fitness should not be your fair-weather friend, it should be and can be a lifelong one.
High-frequency traders are "fair-weather market makers," he said in an interview.