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strange bird

A rather unusual, strange, eccentric, or peculiar person. His new girlfriend is nice enough, but she's a bit of a strange bird, don't you think?
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strange duck

A rather unusual, strange, eccentric, or peculiar person. His new girlfriend is nice enough, but she's a bit of a strange duck, don't you think?
See also: duck, strange

like a cat in a strange garret

Very wary or timid. Of course he's acting like a cat in a strange garret—he's never been to the big city before!
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How (something) is that?

That is very (something). Adjectives commonly used in this construction include "strange," "cool," and "awesome," among others. Did you know that hummingbirds can fly backwards? How cool is that? A: "Frank spent prom night home alone playing video games. How said is that?" B: "Actually it sounds pretty great."
See also: how

strangely enough

Bafflingly; surprisingly; atypically. Strangely enough, it turned out that we both knew John, but had met him in two different parts of the world. He seems, strangely enough, happy that the police caught him. Their newest machine is strangely enough a slight step back when it comes to performance and design.
See also: enough, strangely

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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strange to say

Also, strangely enough. Surprisingly, curiously, unaccountably, as in Strange to say, all the boys in his class are six feet tall or taller, or I've never been to the circus, strangely enough. This idiom was first recorded in 1697 as strange to relate.
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make strange

(of a baby or child) fuss or be shy in company. Canadian
1987 Alice Munro The Progress of Love Her timid-looking fat son…usually liked Violet, but today he made strange.
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feel ˈstrange

not feel comfortable in a situation; have an unpleasant physical feeling: She felt strange sitting at her father’s desk.It was terribly hot and I started to feel strange.
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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.
See also: bedfellow, make, strange

odd bird

and strange bird
n. a strange or eccentric person. Mr. Wilson certainly is an odd bird. You’re a strange bird, but you’re fun.
See also: bird, odd

strange bird

See also: bird, strange
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Also announced this week is the release of the fifth and final Visage album - all royalties from which will be donated to the Steve Strange Statue Appeal.
Born Steven John Harrington in Newbridge, Strange got involved in music after seeing the Sex Pistols in concert at the Castle Cinema in Caerphilly in 1976.
After two successful albums, Strange got addicted to heroin and later described it as the "worst mistake I have ever made in my life".
It was about that time Strange first tried heroin which he later said was: "The worst mistake I have ever made in my life.
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Mr Strange said he did remember the incident and was asked whether it had an influence on members of the Officer Working Party.
Growing up, everyone always told me I wouldn't even play Division 3 basketball,'' Strange said after scoring 10 points with four assists in an 82-62 win over Longwood.
Strange, represent the top 10% of doctors in the area in 65 medical specialties and subspecialties for the care and treatment of more than 1,800 diseases and medical conditions.
Their opponents were James Phillips, with whom Strange had won this title last year, and rolling back the years, his partner Chris Rees.
Strange is spearheading an effort to attract "backers" via the creative funding site Kickstarter.
As well as the jail term, Strange must sign the sex offender register for life and was made subject to a sexual offences prevention order aimed at keeping him away from children.
But now Strange, who a judge said is still in denial about what he did, has been locked up for six years after a jury convicted him of a series of indecent assaults.
Strange, 24, of Llandudno, partnered James Phillips to win the Welsh National Badminton Doubles Championship in Cardiff on Sunday.
Entomologist James Strange is doing his part to help find new pollinators that can rise to the task of working in the greenhouse and the field.
Inside the car, Strange sat in the backseat with Longley.