opposite number

noun

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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His opposite number Neuer then had to be at his best to keep out Berg in the last action of the first half. SI.com, "Germany 2-1 Sweden: Toni Kroos Keeps Germany's World Cup Hopes Alive With Dramatic Late Winner," 23 June 2018 The dilemma facing Southgate and his opposite number, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, is how to balance these permutations with the more traditional factors a manager must consider, like building momentum and establishing a winning habit. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "England’s Latest World Cup Problem: Winning," 27 June 2018 Its opposite number, La Niña, marked by cooler ocean water, tends to increase hurricanes in the Atlantic. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "It's going to be another busy hurricane season, meteorologists say," 5 Apr. 2018 Josh King sold Aaron Lennon a dummy in the penalty area and went down as his opposite number swept his legs away without touching the ball. SI.com, "Burnley 1 - 2 Bournemouth: Europe Awaits Clarets But Dyche's Men Slip to Defeat Against Bournemouth," 13 May 2018 An enemy with no positive content of its own makes for an uncertain opposite number. Peter Slezkine, The New Republic, "What Happened to the “Free World”?," 22 May 2018 His opposite number, and the commander of a rival faction, is Jack, superbly rendered by Zach Guevin. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: A haunting premiere of ‘Little Black Shadows’ at SCR," 19 Apr. 2018 The son of arch-villain Darkseid, Orion was raised by Darkseid’s opposite number, Highfather, on the utopian planet of New Genesis, and has struggled to maintain balance between his bestial nature and the love and nurturing he was given as a child. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Who Are Ava DuVernay's 'New Gods'?," 15 Mar. 2018 His opposite number Saturday, Los Angeles Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani, yielded two hits and two runs — one earned — over 1⅓ innings in his debut. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Angels' Shohei Ohtani has mixed spring training debut as a pitcher," 24 Feb. 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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opposite number

noun

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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