strange bedfellows definition
Unlikely companions or allies; often used in the phrase “politics makes strange bedfellows.”
A peculiar alliance or combination, as in George and Arthur really are strange bedfellows, sharing the same job but totally different in their views. Although strictly speaking bedfellows are persons who share a bed, like husband and wife, the term has been used figuratively since the late 1400s. This particular idiom may have been invented by Shakespeare in The Tempest (2:2), “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” Today a common extension is politics makes strange bedfellows, meaning that politicians form peculiar associations so as to win more votes. A similar term is odd couple, a pair who share either housing or a business but are very different in most ways. This term gained currency with Neil Simon’s Broadway play The Odd Couple and, even more, with the motion picture (1968) and subsequent television series based on it, contrasting housemates Felix and Oscar, one meticulously neat and obsessively punctual, the other extremely messy and casual.
noun 1. a play (1928) by Eugene O’Neill.
adjective, stranger, strangest. 1. unusual, extraordinary, or curious; odd; queer: a strange remark to make. 2. estranged, alienated, etc., as a result of being out of one’s natural environment: In Bombay I felt strange. 3. situated, belonging, or coming from outside of one’s own locality; foreign: to move to a strange place; strange religions. 4. […]
- Strange matter
strange matter A hypothetical, extremely dense form of matter composed entirely of strange quarks. These quarks are not grouped into separate particles (like the quarks bundled into protons and neutrons in atomic nuclei) but form a single undifferentiated mass. The material of which hypothetical quark stars are composed is thought to be strange matter; some […]
noun 1. the quality or condition of being strange. 2. Physics. a quantum number assigned the value −1 for one kind of quark, +1 for its antiquark, and 0 for all other quarks; the strangeness of a hadron is the sum of the values for the strangeness of its constituent quarks and antiquarks. Symbol: S. […]