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.
The outer two are linked by a pair of pivots at opposite poles; let's call them north and south.
The two teams are at opposite poles of the Magners League, with Young's outfit in second spot and the Irish province rock bottom.
On the surface, biotechnology and natural products seem to be at opposite poles. However, they can be seen as opposite sides of the same coin.
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.
Shiroh Sakawaki, an analyst at Daiwa Institute of Research, says the two firms have strategies that are almost at opposite poles, and finding ways to compromise will be key to their future together.
They seemed to have so much to say to one another, so much that had remained unsaid all of their respective lives because they had never met anyone with whom they could converse unreservedly....It was only when their talk veered to Harlem that they found themselves sitting at opposite poles. (34-36)
Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas." However, results from ACNielsen EDI's overnight tracking in various markets around North America diverged significantly from the overall totals, illustrating how different audiences respond to films at opposite poles of the subject-matter scale.
Though at opposite poles of the earth, Alaska and Antarctica have many things in common, including Alaskan employees.
As financiers, Elouise Cobell and Paul Homan have been watching over money at opposite poles of the banking universe.
Rather than a simplistic plea on behalf of "animal rights" or "creature liberation," Alonso e i visionari (Alonso and the Visionaries) is a sophisticated, fast-moving mystery novel in which the author's moral and spiritual concerns emerge over the course of an investigation of an unsolved, apparently political killing during Italy's terrorist "years of lead." 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.
Temperamentally and intellectually at opposite poles, Jarvis and Nightingale match wits while exposing one another's vulnerabilities.
Squring off at opposite poles, or so it seems, on each statement is the perennial disbeliever John Merill, delving into existential stances and situation ethics, and Everette Dennis, inclined to take more affirmative and juridical positions.
Last year the two men's respective views of events at the Assembly were shown to be at opposite poles: while Elis-Thomas speculated in public about why he bothered to attend an institution where members spent precious time arguing about seating arrangements, Morgan proclaimed that the launch of a series of initiatives proved his administration was getting to grips with the work that needed to be done.