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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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They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and the mass shooting at a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, Florida, could prove that to be true.
Charles Dudley Warner once said, Politics makes strange bedfellows.
It also adds credence to the contention that politics makes strange bedfellows.
Politics makes strange bedfellows and political trade-offs are common in all arenas.
The balance of power in the Middle East obviously makes strange bedfellows.
And if politics makes strange bedfellows, so too does the law.
Anti-wind push makes strange bedfellows, The Dallas Morning News
Proving the old axiom that politics makes strange bedfellows, corporate giants like Duke Energy and Dow Chemical are on the record expressing strong reservations about the drive to export gas.
Politics makes strange bedfellows and the duo have ended up in a marriage of convenience.
Politics makes strange bedfellows, and no one has found stranger or more diverse ones than Berlusconi.
They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and we can certainly trace this with the isolationist movement, which tended to attract people on both the far left and far right," Nichols said.
War makes strange bedfellows, and the National Coalition has pleaded with Washington to remove the Nusra Front from its terror list.
It's been said that politics makes strange bedfellows.
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).
Adversity, according to the proverb, makes strange bedfellows.