Strange bedfellows

Here's a pair! Do you think a cat and dog would make for "strange bedfellows"?

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Strange bedfellows” is another phrase that comes to us from The Bard, William Shakespeare.   What is meant by “strange bedfellow“?  It means an unlikely or unexpected alliance.

In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest a man named Trinculo says, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”  He was shipwrecked and finds himself seeking shelter beside a sleeping monster.

Strictly speaking, the term “bedfellow” would mean people who share the same bed, as a husband and wife, but from all indications, Shakespeare turned the word into an idiom.

Example:   “When the cigarette companies worked together with the American Lung Association to campaign against teen smoking, it certainly made for strange bedfellows.”

“Politics makes for strange bedfellows. No one expected those two bitter enemies to work together so well on that project.”

Does Chinese have an idiomatic equivalent for “strange bedfellow”?   Please share it in the comment section.   Questions are welcome too!

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