a fair-weather friend

a fair-weather friend

someone who cannot be relied on in a crisis

1998 - Spectator - The Americans gave up supplying gold on demand to other countries' central banks at £35 an ounce when their fair-weather friends from London threatened to turn up and clean them out.


flexible friend

a credit card

This phrase comes from the advertising slogan…. Access your flexible friend.

a friend at court

a person in a position to use influence on your behalf

friends in high places

people in senior positions who are able and willing to use their influence on your behalf

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