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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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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Penalty kicks can be a cruel bedfellow for a soccer club. Patrick Brennan,, "Minnesota United FC prevails in PKs over FC Cincinnati in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup," 6 June 2018 The drilling issue has created strange political bedfellows along the East Coast, with Democrats and Republicans in some areas united over the issue. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Environmental groups to sue over offshore drilling tests," 10 Dec. 2018 Still, Germany and China are hardly natural bedfellows. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Yeah, there’s a weird strange-bedfellows thing going on. Recode Staff, Recode, "Journalist and author Annie Lowrey wants you to understand that universal basic income isn’t crazy," 16 July 2018 Art and fashion have never been strange bedfellows. Whitney Robinson, Town & Country, "Fashion Meets Art in Paddle8's Latest Collaboration," 12 Nov. 2015 So Netflix and Comcast might, at first glance, appear to be strange bedfellows. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Martin Sorrell Resigns; Starbucks Apologizes For Customers’ Arrest; Comcast and Netflix Tie-Up," 16 Apr. 2018 Instead, the president seems increasingly inclined to go with his gut and is looking to surround himself with ideological bedfellows and enablers., "John Bolton is a national security threat," 23 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of bedfellow

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bedfellow

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

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a complex dispute or argument

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