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 two teams are at opposite poles of the Magners League, with Young's outfit in second spot and the Irish province rock bottom.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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