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Definition of bedfellow

1 : one who shares a bed with another
2 : a person or thing closely associated with another : ally political bedfellows often used in the phrase strange bedfellows to describe an unlikely alliance of people or things Politics indeed makes strange bedfellows and on the issue of local regulation of pesticides, environmental and states' rights advocates have joined forces.— Elena S. RutrickPolities and good architecture are strange bedfellows, but in Barcelona the marriage has worked.— Cathleen McGuigan

Examples of bedfellow in a Sentence

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

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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