Goetsu Doushuu

呉越同舟 [ごえつどうしゅう] – strange bedfellows; bitter enemies in the same boat

  • 呉 [ゴ] – The ancient Chinese kingdom of Wu
  • 越 [エツ] – The ancient Chinese kingdom of Yue
  • 同 [ドウ・おなじ] – the same
  • 舟 [シュウ・ふね] – boat

The Wu (呉) and Yue (越) Kingdoms existed in China from 770 to 476 BC.  As they were in a nearly constant state of war with each other, the image of both of them literally being in the same boat conjures up notions of very strange bedfellows.

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