strange bedfellows

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - strange bedfellows

"strange bedfellows"

people or things that one does not normally expect to find together


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - strange bedfellows

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Isn't that the head of the human resources department in there with the boss? They seem to be working really well together. In fact, I even see some smiling and congratulatory behavior. Something weird must be going on because normally those two hate each other.

Colleague 2: Extenuating circumstances make for strange bedfellows. The company has just announced a twenty-five percent reduction in the workforce so those two are now working together to try and save people's jobs.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - strange bedfellows

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Who would have ever thought those two would have got together? They could not be any more different. She is a conservative. He is a liberal. She is a vegetarian. He is a heavy-duty meat eater. She is quiet and reserved. He is loud and extroverted. She is over forty years old and he is twenty.

Friend 2: They do make strange bedfellows indeed. Love knows no bounds, I suppose.

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strange bedfellows - Examples:

1)  Both the Protestants and the Catholics. Just another instance of strange bedfellows. And Labour too. 

2)  Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

3)  If this continues, you might find some strange bedfellows between the CHL and college hockey, both trying to stop the CHLPA from getting ...

4)  ... twist on the oldest trick in a cartoonist's playbook -- the depiction of strange bedfellows

5)  Thanks for this article Mr Burke and thanks for pointing out the strange bedfellows Imran Khan keeps in terms of the most violent and extreme groups in Pakistan.

6)  ... realities of Zambesia and Livingstone's visions of peace through commerce and Christianity made strange bedfellows.

7)  In one way punk rock and Rock Against Racism were strange bedfellows and in another they were made for each other.

8)  I do find Hobbit and Trek to be strange bedfellows though.

9)  Farber's Fourth Law: Necessity is the mother of strange bedfellows

10)  In any case, far from being strange bedfellows, criminality and politics have always cohabited quite happily.

11)  BTW, this also explains some of the "strange bedfellows" you get in politics, such as libertarians and the religious right together in the same room.

12)  Whistle-blower and drug dealer make strange bedfellows.

13)  Mathematics and logic have always been strange bedfellows anyhow, and never stranger than in the recent proliferation of metamathematical and model-theoretic techniques.

14)  Carl Sagan said it best: Skepticism and wonder make strange bedfellows but a good marriage, for one must be open to all sorts of ideas ...

15)  Economic libertarians and Christian evangelicals, united by their common enemy, are strange bedfellows in today's Republican party.

16)  Action and comedy are nearly always strange bedfellows, and "The Watch" is no exception.

17)  Politics and religion make strange bedfellows, don't they?

18)  ... the local community that a small arts organisation and a multinational property developer made strange bedfellows.

19)  Advanced surveillance and social media might seem like strange bedfellows. Until you look a bit closer, that is.

20)  Anarchy and the institution of the university would be strange bedfellows.