strange bedfellows


Also found in: Wikipedia.

strange bedfellows

A peculiar alliance or combination, as in George and Arthur really are strange bedfellows, sharing the same job but totally different in their views . Although strictly speaking bedfellows are persons who share a bed, like husband and wife, the term has been used figuratively since the late 1400s. This particular idiom may have been invented by Shakespeare in The Tempest (2:2), "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows." Today a common extension is politics makes strange bedfellows, meaning that politicians form peculiar associations so as to win more votes. A similar term is odd couple, a pair who share either housing or a business but are very different in most ways. This term gained currency with Neil Simon's Broadway play The Odd Couple and, even more, with the motion picture (1968) and subsequent television series based on it, contrasting housemates Felix and Oscar, one meticulously neat and obsessively punctual, the other extremely messy and casual.
See also: bedfellow, strange
References in periodicals archive ?
It also adds credence to the contention that politics makes strange bedfellows.
Native and programmatic are still getting close to each other, in spite of being viewed as strange bedfellows by some.
4121 through Speaker Robert DeLeo's committee makes for strange bedfellows.
Canada and Latvia may sound like strange bedfellows, but both offer British visitors good value for money.
10cc and Status Quo might seem strange bedfellows but they were quite complementary.
But in many ways, the two main parties in the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign are equally strange bedfellows.
My natural sympathies are with Martin Shipton and the stance he takes, but politics and divinity, we are told, make strange bedfellows and I'm launching in to defend a Tory government.
According to the report, the speed with which the US government moved to designate a fairly new group that is engaged in fighting a regime that successive administrations have demonized is evidence of the strange bedfellows and overlapping agendas that make the Syrian civil war so explosive.
It's been said that politics makes strange bedfellows.
Now as strange bedfellows as the government and the Birmingham Post may seem - after all we are a newspaper that takes pride at being a thorn in the side of councils and government alike - we felt this was an opportunity not to be missed.
As in politics, terrorism can make strange bedfellows, especially when there is a shared hatred of the United States.
It's not hard to find strange bedfellows in the Texas Legislature when the bills start flying.
Any friction between strange bedfellows can be soothed by adding a gallon or two of oil.
But the message of her "Most Gracious Speech" will be along the lines of: "My Government of strange bedfellows will reign for a full five years and its priority will be the avoidance of democracy.