N-COUNT: usu pl
You refer to two things or people as bedfellows when they have become associated or related in some way.

It's possible to be bedfellows with someone on one issue, and at odds with them on another...

Sex and death are strange bedfellows.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Bedfellow — Bed fel low, n. One who lies with another in the same bed; a person who shares one s couch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bedfellow — close friend, roommate, mid 15c., from BED (Cf. bed) (n.) + FELLOW (Cf. fellow) (n.). Also (late 15c) concubine. Earlier in the close companion sense was bed fere (early 14c.). Bedsister husband s concubine is recorded in Middle English (c.1300) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bedfellow — [bed′fel΄ō] n. 1. a person who shares one s bed 2. an associate, ally, confederate, etc …   English World dictionary

  • bedfellow — UK [ˈbedˌfeləʊ] / US [ˈbedˌfeloʊ] noun [countable] Word forms bedfellow : singular bedfellow plural bedfellows someone or something that is connected with another person or thing in some way, often unexpectedly Politics can create some strange… …   English dictionary

  • bedfellow — noun Date: 15th century 1. one who shares a bed with another 2. associate, ally < political bedfellows > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bedfellow — /bed fel oh/, n. 1. Also called bedmate. a person who shares one s bed. 2. an associate or collaborator, esp. one who forms a temporary alliance for reasons of expediency: Politics makes strange bedfellows. [1400 50; late ME bedfelow. See BED,… …   Universalium

  • bedfellow — noun a) One with whom one shares a bed. Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet, b) An associate, often an otherwise improbable one. Whither away, or where is thy abode? Syn: bedmate …   Wiktionary

  • bedfellow — Synonyms and related words: ace, adjunct, ally, amigo, associate, bedmate, bosom buddy, brother, brother in arms, buddy, bunkie, bunkmate, butty, camarade, chamberfellow, chum, classmate, coadjutor, cohort, colleague, comate, companion, company,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bedfellow — n. strange bedfellows (politics make strange bedfellows) * * * [ bedˌfeləʊ] strange bedfellows (politics make strange bedfellows) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bedfellow — bed|fel|low [ˈbedˌfeləu US lou] n strange bedfellows two or more people, ideas etc that are related or working together in an unexpected way ▪ Rugby and art seem strange bedfellows …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bedfellow — bed|fel|low [ bed,felou ] noun count someone or something that is connected with another person or thing in some way, often unexpectedly: Politics can create some strange bedfellows …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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