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fair-weather

[fair-weth-er] /ˈfɛərˌwɛð ər/
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.
Origin of fair-weather
1730-1740
1730-40

Fairweather

[fair-weth-er] /ˈfɛərˌwɛð ər/
noun
1.
Mount, a mountain in SE Alaska. 15,292 feet (4660 meters).
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  • Mrs. fairweather did go to see Doris the very next day, and quite wonderful things came to pass from that interview.

  • When Mrs. fairweather had gone, Doris and Penelope looked at each other.

  • The Reverend Mr. fairweather had been dyspeptic and low-spirited of late, and was too languid for controversy.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The Reverend Mr. fairweather folded the note and put it into his pocket.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Mt. fairweather is the most beautiful of all the giants that stand guard about Glacier Bay.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
  • "It is more spiritual, I think, than bodily," said the Reverend Mr. fairweather.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • fairweather, Mr., production of double flowers from old seed, ii.

  • Medlicott and Milne dug a grave for him, whilst fairweather and I kept watch.

    The Escaping Club A. J. Evans
  • The Reverend Mr. fairweather was getting careless about his sermons.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A knock at the Reverend Mr. fairweather's study door called his eyes from the book on which they were intent.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for fairweather

Fairweather

/ˈfɛəˌwɛðə/
noun
1.
Mount Fairweather, a mountain in W North America, on the border between Alaska and British Columbia. Height: 4663 m (15 300 ft)

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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Slang definitions & phrases for fairweather

fair-weather

adjective

Insincere and temporary: fair-weather fans

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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