adversity makes strange bedfellows

While the underlying idea remains the same, there has always been some variation in the first word of the proverb: see also politics makes strange bedfellows.

1611 SHAKESPEARE Tempest II. ii. 37 My best way is to creep under his gaberdine; there is no other shelter hereabout. Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

1837 DICKENS Pickwick Papers xli. (heading) Illustrative..of the old proverb, that adversity brings a man acquainted with strange bedfellows.

1927 Times 27 Aug. 12 The..alliance of 1923–5 was an illustration of the adage that adversity makes strange bedfellows.

1982 Times 15 Mar. 9 (heading) Poverty makes strange bedfellows.


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  • politics makes strange bedfellows — Politics has long been considered a plural noun; its use with a singular verb is comparatively recent. A well established variant of adversity makes strange bedfellows. 1839 P. HONE Diary 9 July (1927) I. 404 Party politics, like poverty, bring… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • strange — see adversity makes strange bedfellows politics makes strange bedfellows fact is stranger than fiction truth is stranger than fiction …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • adversity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Ill fortune Nouns 1. (difficulty) adversity, affliction; bad, ill, adverse, or hard luck or fortune, Weltschmerz; evil lot; force majeur, frowns of fortune; evil star or genius; ups and downs of life,… …   English dictionary for students

  • adversity — see adversity makes strange bedfellows …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • bedfellow — see adversity makes strange bedfellows politics makes strange bedfellows …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • 同病相怜 — tóngbìng xiānglián [fellow sufferers have mutual sympathy; those who have the same illness sympathize with each other; adversity makes strange bedfellows; company in distress makes trouble less; fellow sufferers commiserate with each other]… …   Advanced Chinese dictionary

  • poverty — see when poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window poverty is no disgrace, but it is a great inconvenience poverty is not a crime adversity makes strange bedfellows …   Proverbs new dictionary

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