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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."
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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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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

verb
See also: bird, strange
References in classic literature ?
This invitation to drink, couched, as it was, in such informal terms, came very strangely from Nastasia Philipovna.
His blue eyes--large as the eyes of a woman, clear as the eyes of a child--rested on me the moment I turned toward him, with a strangely varying play of expression, which at once interested and perplexed me.
These two volumes express the two intensely vigorous forces which were strangely combined in his nature; for while no man has ever been a more violent romanticist than Swinburne, yet, as one critic has said, 'All the romantic riot in his blood clamored for Greek severity and Greek restraint.
So they went into Death's great greenhouse, where flowers and trees grew strangely into one another.
I found myself strangely afraid of this woman I was escorting aft.
The fond words which I had spoken to her so naturally, in the days of her sorrow and her suffering, faltered strangely on my lips.
How strangely the old times in Cumberland seem to have come back
Law enforcement officers stopped the defendant at Dubai International Airport's transit section as she was walking strangely and they suspected she was hiding something between her legs.
30pm BBC1) MICK is still desperate to find out what is making Linda act so strangely and she's fast running out of excuses to account for her behaviour.
Yet strangely he seemed to miss the serial - and strangely unpunished - assaults perpetrated by the Brazilians, especially on Colombia's mercurial forward James Rodriguez.
We should hate them really, but should hate them really, but strangely we don't.
She's achieved something very difficult and she isn't acting strangely at all, just rediscovering the joys of being young and attractive.
Letter to a stranger In the strangely crowded street I saw you, stranger Dressed and walking strangely Your face surely unknown to me Our eyes met eccentrically You smiled strangely at me The nonsensical thought in me confirmed Your strangeness surrounded me My heart started beating bizarrely As you passed me by, stranger Your unfamiliar scent embraced me I outlandishly clung to it My eyes strangely followed you Disappearing into the strange crowded street You left me feeling peculiar Questioning the strangeness you brought me I am now out of the ordinary .
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