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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.
See also: opposite, pole

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.
See also: of, on, opposite, side

opposites attract

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!
See also: attract, opposite

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.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two

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.
See also: coin, of, opposite, same, side

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.
See also: coin, of, opposite, same, side

opposite sex

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?
See also: opposite, sex

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]
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two sides of the same coin

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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.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two

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

the ˌopposite ˈsex

the other sex: He found it difficult to talk to members of the opposite sex.
See also: opposite, sex

ˌopposites atˈtract

used to say that people who are very different are often attracted to each other: ‘Aren’t you surprised that Peter and Sally are together?’ ‘A little. But they say opposites attract, don’t they?’
See also: attract, opposite

two ˌsides of the same ˈcoin

used to talk about two ways of looking at the same situation: According to some people, great opportunity and great danger are two sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two
References in classic literature ?
Her first cautious resolution to pass many days together in unsuspected observation of the house opposite before she ventured herself inside was entirely frustrated by the turn events had taken.
The knights, entering at either end of the lists in long procession, arranged themselves in a double file, precisely opposite to each other, the leader of each party being in the centre of the foremost rank, a post which he did not occupy until each had carefully marshalled the ranks of his party, and stationed every one in his place.
Franz, who had mutely interrogated the countess, and received from her a gracious smile in token that he would be welcome, sought not to retard the gratification of Albert's eager impatience, but began at once the tour of the house, closely followed by Albert, who availed himself of the few minutes required to reach the opposite side of the theatre to settle the height and smoothness of his collar, and to arrange the lappets of his coat.
For 'Socrates has sight' is the opposite of 'Socrates is blind' in the sense of the word 'opposite' which applies to possession and privation.
They discovered, just in time, a party of Blackfeet, lurking in the thickets, and sheered, with all speed, to the opposite side of the river.
They sat down again opposite each other, and Adam said, tremulously, "How did she seem when you left her, sir?
The fighting alternative was, therefore, instantly adopted, and the boats pulled to shore nearly opposite to the hostile force.
Before either could complete a sentence, it was evident that the invader had been expelled from the house opposite.
Again she spoke to them, but in tones so low I could not catch the words, and then she started toward the opposite side of the chamber with the six mighty monsters trailing at heel.
He and Captain Good were placed together, and I sat opposite to them.
He rang at the old lady's door opposite, and was informed that Parfen Semionovitch would not return for three days.
Pierre absolutely disbelieved both the princess' hints and the letter, but he feared now to look at Dolokhov, who was sitting opposite him.
He wheeled round to the other side of the room and stood opposite to her, with the tips of his fingers in his pockets and his head thrown back, looking fiercely not at Rosamond but at a point a few inches away from her.
Directly opposite the mouth of the river you will see three large islands far out--so far that they are barely discernible.
Taking the candle from its place he commenced a systematic search of the apartment, nor had he gone far before he discovered another door in the opposite end of the room, a door which gave upon creaking hinges to the weight of his body.