bedfellow


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bed·fel·low

 (bĕd′fĕl′ō)
n.
1. A bedmate.
2. One that is closely associated or allied with another: "Stupidity here makes an easy bedfellow, as always, with racialism" (Christopher Hitchens).

bedfellow

(ˈbɛdˌfɛləʊ)
n
1. a person with whom one shares a bed
2. a temporary ally or associate

bed•fel•low

(ˈbɛdˌfɛl oʊ)

n.
1. a person who shares one's bed.
2. an associate or collaborator, esp. one who forms a temporary alliance for reasons of expediency.
[1400–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bedfellow - a temporary associatebedfellow - a temporary associate; "politics makes strange bedfellows"
associate - a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor; "he had to consult his associate before continuing"
2.bedfellow - a person with whom you share a bedbedfellow - a person with whom you share a bed  
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Translations

bedfellow

[ˈbedfeləʊ] Ncompañero/a m/f de cama
they are or make strange bedfellows (fig) → forman una extraña pareja

bedfellow

[ˈbɛdfɛləʊ] n
They are strange bedfellows → Ils forment un drôle de tandem.

bedfellow

[ˈbɛdˌfɛləʊ] n they are strange bedfellows (fig) → fanno una coppia ben strana
References in classic literature ?
And about this harpooneer, whom I have not yet seen, you persist in telling me the most mystifying and exasperating stories, tending to beget in me an uncomfortable feeling towards the man whom you design for my bedfellow --a sort of connexion, landlord, which is an intimate and confidential one in the highest degree.
I'll have a good look at him then, and perhaps we may become jolly good bedfellows after all --there's no telling.
As for the friar, had he known who Robin Hood was, you may well believe he would almost as soon have slept with an adder as with the man he had for a bedfellow.
Miss Cotton stood staring about her, looking so funny, without her cap, that my bedfellow would have gone off in a fit of laughter, if I had not pinched her warningly.
This muff, ever since the departure of Mr Jones, had been the constant companion of Sophia by day, and her bedfellow by night; and this muff she had at this very instant upon her arm; whence she took it off with great indignation, and, having writ her name with her pencil upon a piece of paper which she pinned to it, she bribed the maid to convey it into the empty bed of Mr Jones, in which, if he did not find it, she charged her to take some method of conveying it before his eyes in the morning.
At four o'clock, on such a roseate summer's morning as even made Great Gaunt Street look cheerful, the faithful Tinker, having wakened her bedfellow, and bid her prepare for departure, unbarred and unbolted the great hall door (the clanging and clapping whereof startled the sleeping echoes in the street), and taking her way into Oxford Street, summoned a coach from a stand there.
But whether he did it with design or not, I know not, but his elder brother took care to make him very much fuddled before he went to bed, so that I had the satisfaction of a drunken bedfellow the first night.
Joe experienced a keen sensation or terror mingled with disgust, as he looked at it, and he leaped precipitately from the tree amid the hissings of these new and unwelcome bedfellows.
Morrissey is certainly an odd, prickly character but the recent cancellation of his planned tour with unlikely bedfellow Cliff Richard left his diehard following concerned.
BOLD SPLASH OF YELLOW FOR A GOOD BEDFELLOW ERYTHRONIUM tuolumnense, with glossy green leaves that have undulating edges, and E.
Far more compelling were the assortment of shows in the Italian Pavilion, which had a less obviously curated, strange bedfellow quality.
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