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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
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Furthermore, the structure of the oppositeness of goodness and badness is isomorphic to that of pleasure and pain.
Raskin explains that the two overlapping scripts are associated to the terms DOCTOR and LOVER, and that the "the two overlapping scripts are perceived as opposite in a certain sense, and that this oppositeness creates the joke" (1985: 100).
Since the difference ANGLE measures is independence, not oppositeness, of sound, it is perfectly fitting that its maximal value be 90[degress], representing perpendicularity, rather than 180[degrees], representing a negative direction.
Leonard Legault & Blair Hankey, Method, Oppositeness and Adjacency, and Proportionality in Maritime Boundary Delimitation, in INTERNATIONAL MARITIME BOUNDARIES, supra note 4, at 203, 206 [hereinafter Legault & Hankey].
Protestant symbols with Protestant names), and those Northern Irish participants who passed might have been responding in accordance to the relational frame of oppositeness (i.
In my view, this putative oppositeness is a construct that obscures the complexity of the value and strategy choices faced by Black attorneys in several ways.
Stripped down to its core, Patterson's argument is this: that the fact and presence of a large servile population in the Greek polis produces by reaction what he calls a "chordal triad" or "tripartite value," of "personal, sovereignal and civic freedoms," all developed out of a sense of oppositeness to the slave's state and condition.
She has woven pluses up one side and minuses the other of a pair of unisex longjohns, a kind of comical emblem of the unity and oppositeness of the sexes.