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make odd bedfellows

Of a pair of people, things, or groups, to be connected in a certain situation or activity but to be extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, ideologies, lifestyles, behaviors, etc. A notorious playboy musician and a buttoned-up media pundit may make odd bedfellows, but the two are coming together this month to bring a spotlight to suicide awareness. I thought that the two writers would make odd bedfellows for this class, given the drastically different nature of their writing, but their books actually have a lot of parallels in terms of themes and constructs.
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be strange bedfellows

Of a pair of people, things, or groups, to be connected in a certain situation or activity but to be extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, ideologies, lifestyles, behaviors, etc. A notorious playboy musician and an ultra-conservative media pundit may be strange bedfellows, but the two are coming together all this month to bring a spotlight to suicide awareness. I thought that the two writers would be strange bedfellows, given the drastically different nature of their writing, but their books actually have a lot of parallels in terms of themes and constructs.
See also: bedfellow, strange

make strange bedfellows

Of a pair of people, things, or groups, to be connected in a certain situation or activity but to be extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, ideologies, lifestyles, behaviors, etc. A notorious playboy musician and an ultra-conservative media pundit may make strange bedfellows, but the two are coming together all this month to bring a spotlight to suicide awareness. I thought that the two writers would make strange bedfellows, given the drastically different nature of their writing, but their books actually have a lot of parallels in terms of themes and constructs.
See also: bedfellow, make, strange

odd bedfellows

A pair of people, things, or groups connected in a certain situation or activity but extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, ideologies, lifestyles, behaviors, etc. A notorious playboy musician and an ultra-conservative media pundit may be odd bedfellows, but the two are coming together all this month to bring a spotlight to suicide awareness. I thought that the two writers would make odd bedfellows, given the drastically different nature of their writing, but the books they've co-written actually work really well.
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strange bedfellows

A pair of people, things, or groups connected in a certain situation or activity but extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, ideologies, lifestyles, behaviors, etc. A notorious playboy musician and an ultra-conservative media pundit may be strange bedfellows, but the two are coming together all this month to bring a spotlight to suicide awareness. I thought that the two writers would make strange bedfellows, given the drastically different nature of their writing, but the books they've co-written actually work really well.
See also: bedfellow, strange

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Prov. People who would normally dislike and avoid one another will work together if they think it is politically useful to do so. Jill: I never would have thought that genteel, aristocratic candidate would pick such a rabble-rousing, rough-mannered running mate. Jane: Politics makes strange bedfellows.

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.
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be/make strange ˈbedfellows

be two very different people or things that you would not expect to find together: Art and rugby may seem strange bedfellows, but the local rugby club donated £5 000 to help fund an art exhibition.
A bedfellow is a person who shares a bed with somebody else.
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Reluctant Bedfellows follows the intellectual and civic journeys of Ralston and Keeble, two Canadian university professors who extend their commitments to global feminism and global citizenship far beyond the confines of the ivory tower.
It has also long been said that politics makes strange bedfellows, however, and Richler occasionally demonstrates that point, too, by tossing in political observations that in some cases guarantee that the book will seem dated very quickly (on cabal: "if Barack Obama continues in his present direction it is likely that he too will soon be another cabal victim") and in others make for non sequiturs (in covering hypocrite, which in the original Greek referred to an actor, he asks whether, given that California has elected two actors as governors, California voters prefer hypocrites, and then declares, "Perhaps not, since Schwarzenegger, unlike Reagan, is bringing in quite progressive legislation to slow down climate change"--as though laudable were the opposite of hypocritical).
The Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives are not natural bedfellows - and even men and women of the utmost goodwill will surely find it an immense burden to share government with people whose political instincts are diametrically opposed to their own.
Adversity, according to the proverb, makes strange bedfellows.
With difficult economic times upon us, benefits plan sponsors and plan members have become strange bedfellows in their desire to cut pharmacy benefits costs without sacrificing coverage.
The complaints include snoring, taking too much space and being bashed as unsettled bedfellows thrash about, reports The Sun.
A new coalition between what some may term unlikely bedfellows is to take the reins of the authority and its multi-million pound budget - and spending on schools, roads and planning.
Meanwhile, as Wolsey and Queen Catherine become rather uneasy bedfellows, the cardinal is trapped as a conspiracy is unveiled.
Adversity, it is said, makes strange bedfellows and a coalition between Labour and Plaid just beggars belief.
Reality TV and Broadway have been bedfellows before.
He is skeptical about the inroads of marketing, such as PayPerPost ("Get paid to blog") that makes strange bedfellows of bloggers, publishers and advertisers.
The SNP and many Tories' shared belief that the union of Scotland and England should be broken up has made them unlikely bedfellows.
For the sake of argument, the tandem relationship of the strong office market and flow of capital make for interesting bedfellows since larger office markets make for greater volatility.
In a case of strange bedfellows, the far right more or less agreed.
As for the would-be conquerors--a strange coterie of bedfellows who include Islamofascism, communism, socialism and secularism--they have one thing in common: all are enemies of Christ.