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bedfellow

[bed-fel-oh] /ˈbɛdˌfɛl oʊ/
noun
1.
Also called bedmate. a person who shares one's bed.
2.
an associate or collaborator, especially one who forms a temporary alliance for reasons of expediency:
Politics makes strange bedfellows.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English bedfelow. See bed, fellow
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  • It shows how a strong belief in mysticism makes a strange bedfellow with modern politics.
  • Let us be mindful that forgetfulness is not a bedfellow of forgiveness.
  • Now the wooers clamoured throughout the shadowy halls, and each one uttered a prayer to be her bedfellow.
British Dictionary definitions for bedfellow

bedfellow

/ˈbɛdˌfɛləʊ/
noun
1.
a person with whom one shares a bed
2.
a temporary ally or associate
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Word Origin and History for bedfellow
n.

"close friend, roommate," mid-15c., from bed (n.) + 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).

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