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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

the opposite sex

Collectively, the members of the other gender, typically the gender to which one is attacted. 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.
See also: opposite, sex

(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

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

two sides of the same coin

Two seemingly different things that are actually similar. In contrast to the other side of the coin, which does betoken a different side, this cliché emphasizes similarity—for example, “A talent for music and facility in mathematics are two sides of the same coin.”
See also: coin, of, same, side, two
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0,5 x 0,5 [m.sup.2] - four blades (two pairs moving oppositely).
TABLE 1: List of oppositely up- or downregulated KEGG pathways in the longissimus dorsi intramuscular adipose tissue compared to muscle and subcutaneous adipose and omental adipose tissues in Hanwoo.
The induced surface current in two inductive 'C'-shaped arms is oppositely wound and thus magnetic response is greatly weakened, which results in an almost net electric response.
The object being painted is charged oppositely or grounded.
Another measure is that the adjacent rows or columns of elements in a planar array are oppositely excited in phase and in orientation [1,10,11].
The diffuse layers of electrical double layers on these oppositely charged particles can overlap with each other to a certain degree.
The nano-particles, made of biodegradable plastic, were engineered to have a specific electrical charge that draws them to the oppositely charged bacteria.
It consists of a cylindrical stator mounted between the two oppositely polarized magnets of the rotor.
Among the topics are oppositely oriented manifolds, the subdivision of polyhedra, internal torsion of manifolds, and three-dimensional cycles.
They were given ample time (5 years) to prove their sincerity, honesty and transparency over the monies and other dividends and they chose to make Separation attractive by acting oppositely. In this context Southerners shouldn't be blamed if they go for secession.
"Netanyahu says: 'Enter direct negotiations and I will also tell you what the final result will be.' Each one looks at it oppositely, and we are in a sort of political trap." Netanyahu, who has pledged to take "political risks" for peace but has yet to announce promised confidence-building gestures towards the Palestinians, says Abbas is wasting time.
They concluded that while the incidence of cutaneous melanoma on sun-exposed skin sites increased with decreasing latitude--moving north to south in the Northern Hemisphere and oppositely in the Southern Hemisphere--the incidence of vulvar melanoma followed the opposite latitudinal trend.
They concluded that while the incidence of cutaneous melanoma on sun-exposed skin sites increased with decreasing latitude-moving north to south in the Northern Hemisphere and oppositely in the Southern Hemisphere--the incidence of vulvar melanoma followed the opposite latitudinal trend.
To do this we shoot a charged bullet particle at a wall composed of fixed and similarly or oppositely charged particles (with gaps to mimic the presence of slits).
In addition, they determined that the energies of the highest occupied molecular orbitals change oppositely to those of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals at the [C.sub.60]/CuPc interface due to changes in the polarization energies, possibly caused by the perturbation of the interracial structure.