(one's) opposite number

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(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.
See also: number, opposite
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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
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your ˌopposite ˈnumber

a person who holds the same position as you in another country, organization, company, etc: The American Secretary of State will meet his Russian opposite number tomorrow.She’s my opposite number in IBM.
See also: number, opposite
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His Opposite Number worked at it like a mule--a bewildered mule, beaten from behind, coaxed from in front, and propped on either soft side by Lord Lundie of the compressed mouth and the searing tongue.
His opposite number, teenager Taju Atta, applied himself admirably but was swotted aside by the Irish 14 when he registered his side's second try of the afternoon.
His opposite number, Anthony Belleau, had already missed the target with two shots at goal and Wales held a 6-0 lead at the break.
Forest took the lead when centre back Matt Mills' long clearance left his opposite number Giuseppe Bellusci flailing at thin air as Oliveira ran on to it.
NEW England centre Sam Burgess has caused controversy after appearing to question his opposite number Scott Williams W during a press conference ahead of the tomorrow's World PSPSPSPS'showdown against Wales.
Williams and his opposite number traded penalties either side of the break before two further efforts at the posts were successful for the home side to take a 12-10 lead.
BUCKIE..................0 ANNAN .................0 BUCKIE keeper Kevin Main's superb display kept his side in the Cup - and he revealed he had a huge helping hand from his opposite number.
Publicis Chief Executive Officer Maurice Levy and John Wren, his opposite number at Omnicom, will be co-CEOs.
Andre Villas-Boas will be determined for his side not to suffer another loss, but his team have already been beaten at home in the league by Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa, which will give his opposite number Sir Alex Ferguson plenty of confidence.
ALL the Huddersfield players and supporters were naturally over the moon with last Saturday's result, particularly the coach, Dan Hyde, who was sporting a massive grin at the end of the contest after putting one over his opposite number.
He acknowledged this would require a more aggressive marketing stance, and also recognised that he had to work with his opposite number at De La Rue--a primary security print competitor--to unravel the interlocking shareholding of the two companies' hologram subsidiaries.
WALES will pile the pressure on England manager Martin Johnson if they win next month's Six Nations showdown at Twickenham but their head coach hopes his opposite number is given time to succeed in the role.
competitive people around, the kind of person who tries to use mind games on his opposite number even if that opposite number happens to be my fouryear-old nephew and the game in question is tiddlywinks.
It could have been an even better first session for Steyn, but in his final over before lunch captain Graeme Smith could not hold on to a simple edge at first slip that would have had his opposite number Ricky Ponting out for 40.
Bantams boss Stuart McCall praised his opposite number. He said: "Mark Wright has tightened them up.