make strange bedfellows

make strange bedfellows

Of a pair of people, things, or groups paired together in a certain situation or activity, to be extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, ideologies, lifestyles, behaviors, etc. The liberal comedian and the conservative 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.
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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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Slapstick and seduction make strange bedfellows, but writer and director Alan Ayckbourn's new comedy manages to offer both in his new comedy.
But time lines make strange bedfellows. For example, a quick look at the one I have closest to hand (in the Everyman's Library edition of Svevo's Zeno's Conscience) informs me that in 1925 the following books were published: Montale, Ossi di Seppia; Gide, The Counterfeiters; Kafka, The Trial; Woolf, Mrs.
At first glance, Louis Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Fats Waller make strange bedfellows. But upon closer look, maybe not.
While science critics might have consumers believe the words biotechnology, sustainability, environment and industry together make strange bedfellows, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) shares with manufacturers and consumers information that shows the worlds can commingle.
POLITICS MAY MAKE STRANGE BEDFELLOWS, BUT THE SIERRA CLUB IS PARTICULAR about snuggling up to candidates for elective office.