bed·fel·low | \ˈbed-ˌfe-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of bedfellow 

1 : one who shares a bed with another

2 : associate, ally political bedfellows

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a child-welfare cause that has made bedfellows of activists who are normally on opposite ends of the political spectrum

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Odd bedfellows on paper, Debussy and Tchaikovsky actually complemented one another quite nicely in performances that ranged across a wide spectrum of orchestral color. John Von Rhein,, "Review: Muti, CSO draw convincing contrasts in music of Debussy and Tchaikovsky," 20 Apr. 2018 But Trump makes for strange bedfellows: Welcome to the Daily 202, PowerPost's morning briefing for decision-makers. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 Sports makes strange bedfellows as the saying goes. Pete Grathoff And Jason Boatright, kansascity, "A 'Korea, Korea' chant started among Mexico soccer fans at Power & Light District," 27 June 2018 As sports betting moves out of the shadows in the United States, strange bedfellows might be exposed. New York Times, "When Sports Betting Is Legal, the Value of Game Data Soars," 2 July 2018 The quandary for Bellerin will be to reel in his electric dashed down the United left, keeping Sanchez as his bedfellow for the majority of the 90 minutes at Old Trafford., "Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 28 Apr. 2018 In many ways, Uranus and Taurus are strange bedfellows: While Uranus symbolizes innovation, Taurus represents tradition. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Uranus’s Astrological Transit Into Taurus Means for Your Finances," 10 May 2018 As anyone who has ever slept with a dog slowly kicking you out of your own bed already knows, humans and dogs aren’t exactly natural bedfellows. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "WATCH: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Sleep with Your Dog, According to Latest Study," 9 May 2018 Given the stakes for the internet and firearms industries, look for some strange bedfellows. Jack Greiner,, " case: Communications Decency Act doesn't protect online gun seller," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of bedfellow

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a person or thing that is associated or connected with another

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