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a fair-weather friend

This page is about the idiom a fair-weather friend


A fair-weather friend is a person who will only be your friend when things are going well for you.

For example

  • I had lots of friends when I was rich and successful, but when the money was gone it became clear that most were only fair-weather friends.

  • Would she still want to know you if you were sick or in trouble, or is she just one of those fair-weather friends?

Quick Quiz

You'll find out who your fair-weather friends are when you get

a. rich and famous

b. sick and depressed

c. married and have kids
a) rich and famous b) sick and depressed c) married and have kids

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Contributor: Matt Errey