at opposite poles

at opposite poles

At or holding two completely opposite positions, opinions, or viewpoints, as between two people or two groups of people. Refers to the North and South Pole, which lie diametrically opposite each other along the Earth's axis of rotation. The two parties of the government are at opposite poles on so many issues, it's a wonder anything is accomplished at all! Steve and I are just at opposite poles about the meaning of this poem.
See also: opposite, pole
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When Laia and Elias--neither free, though at opposite poles of society--cross paths, their destinies and that of the Empire will change forever.
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At opposite poles were the Australasians and Europeans.
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Golding penetrates these mysteries using two characters that live primarily in a spiritual dimension but at opposite poles within it: Matty and Sophy.
The goals of the three parties were diverse, with Napoleon and Friedrich Wilhelm at opposite poles and Stein in the middle.
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It was only when their talk veered to Harlem that they found themselves sitting at opposite poles.
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At opposite poles in the tale are a Nietzschean superman corrupted by an excessively rationalist education and a Miss Marple-like narrator who, by contrast, clings to intuition and trust in the nonhuman - bestial or divine, as that may be.