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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.
on opposite sides of the barricade(s)
Occupying conflicting, opposing, and/or contrary positions on some issue or in some situation. Unfortunately, it seems more and more to be the case that those who would see the economy recover and those who strive for social equality find themselves on opposite sides of the barricade.
Unlike people tend to be drawn to each other. A: "I have no idea why Ben and Julia are together when they have such different interests." B: "Well, opposites attract, right?" I know firsthand that opposites attract because my wife and I are very different people and have a very happy marriage!
two sides of the same coin
Two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are actually two sides of the same coin.
be opposite sides of the same coin
To be two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are opposite sides of the same coin.
opposite sides of the same coin
Two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are opposite sides of the same coin.
the opposite sex
Collectively, the members of the other gender, typically the gender to which one is attacted. I still remember the torture of being in middle school, suddenly so fascinated by but at once terrified of the opposite sex. I don't understand this tendency we have right now to demonize the opposite sex as some kind of enemy in a made-up social war.
(one's) opposite number
Someone who has the same or very similar position, role, or function in a different group, company, or country; one's counterpart elsewhere. I've been going over the merger details with my opposite number in the XYZ Media. The Environmental Protection Agency and their opposite numbers around the globe have been negotiating new legislation aimed at curbing the effects of climate change.
the other sex; (from the point of view of a female) males; (from the point of view of a male) females. (Also with member of, as in the example.) Ann is crazy about the opposite sex. Bill is very shy when he's introduced to the opposite sex. Do members of the opposite sex make you nervous?
opposite number, one's
One's counterpart, as in He's my opposite number in the California office. This expression is generally used for a person's equivalent in another organization or system ( number alluding to their position in a hierarchy). [c. 1900]
See also: opposite
two sides of the same coinor
opposite sides of the same coin
If two things are two sides of the same coin or opposite sides of the same coin, they are closely related to each other and cannot be separated, even though they seem to be completely different. I've always felt that tragedy and comedy are two sides of the same coin. Love and hate are the opposite sides of the same coin. Compare with the other side of the coin.