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.


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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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fair-weather definition

  1. mod.
    temporary; insincere. (From fair-weather sailor.) : I need something more than a fair-weather friend to help me through all this.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
The first thing fair-weather cyclists do in the spring is to jump on their creaking rides and go for a spin.
It is a fair-weather model that works well only in times of prosperity.
They are yet to acknowledge and spell out the implications of the slump for their own fair-weather public-spending commitments.
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