1610, from Shakespeare's "Tempest", Act 2 Scene 2: "Alas, the storm is come again! My best way is to creep under his gaberdine; there is no other shelter hereabout: misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows."
- (idiomatic) An unusual combination or political alliance
- "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows."
unusual combination or political alliance