opposite number


Definition of opposite number

: a member of a system or class who holds relatively the same position as a particular member in a corresponding system or class : counterpart

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Recent Examples on the Web Clovis has his own opposite number, Ayana (Sasheer Zamata), an alternative press journalist who gives Keef a place to publish while pushing him to stay on his new track. Mike Hale, New York Times, "In ‘Woke,’ Waking Up to Racism Is a Lot Like Going Crazy," 8 Sep. 2020 A few hours earlier, the president of Kosovo had been busy discussing a much-ballyhooed summit planned for three days later in the White House with Aleksandar Vucic, his Serbian opposite number. The Economist, "A June surprise Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci faces war-crimes charges," 27 June 2020 During the first term of the Obama administration, when Mr Xi was heir-apparent to the leadership of China with the formal rank of vice-president, Mr Biden, as his opposite number, was tasked with taking his measure. The Economist, "Chaguan Elites in Beijing see America in decline, hastened by Trump," 11 June 2020 Weather records indicated that many droughts in East Africa seemed to strike during strong La Niñas, El Niño's opposite number, when the western tropical Pacific heats up while the eastern Pacific cools. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "How a team of scientists studying drought helped build the world’s leading famine prediction model," 15 Apr. 2020 Simeone would not be drawn on that at Anfield on Wednesday; Klopp might have some sympathy for his opposite number in that case, as a man who has regularly bristled — occasionally unnecessarily — when asked for his views on the coronavirus crisis. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Atlético Madrid Stuns Liverpool as Coronavirus Pierces Champions League," 11 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, Everton's Michael Keane continues to deliver inconsistent displays, with Mings getting the better of his opposite number in the league as recently as last week. SI.com, "Tyrone Mings: 4 Reasons Why Aston Villa's Defensive Rock Deserves an England Call-Up," 28 Aug. 2019 Simon Mignolet was at his best to keep out Real Madrid throughout the first-half, but his opposite number and fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois couldn't do anything to stop Club Brugge doubling their advantage before the half-time whistle. SI.com, "Real Madrid 2-2 Brugge: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Los Blancos Fight Back to Salvage Draw," 1 Oct. 2019 Raylan’s eternal opposite number is Boyd Crowder, a local boy gone hysterically bad whom Walton Goggins played with joyful gusto and shades of poignance. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of opposite number

1906, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2020

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“Opposite number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposite%20number. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of opposite number

: someone who has the same job or position as you but in a different company, organization, etc.

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