strange bedfellows

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EtymologyEdit

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."

NounEdit

strange bedfellows (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) An unusual combination or political alliance
    "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows."[1]

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  1. ^ "Politics makes strange bedfellows", The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition, E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Joseph F. Kett, and James Trefil, editors, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002
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