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the opposite sex

The gender opposite to one's own. 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.
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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?
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The finding of the present study concerning males' avoiding behavior toward the opposite sex also points to relational quality.
and that "`spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.
Each chapter begins with one author expressing general feelings on a subject and ends with a question aimed at the opposite sex.
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20 Kyodo A symposium on a possible cooperation between feminists and those who have a psychological urge to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex will be held Sunday in Tokyo, organizers said Tuesday.
Two years ago John Major promised that the NHS would make single-sex wards a priority and that patients would no longer be expected to endure the embarrassment of sharing wards with members of the opposite sex.