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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Chilina Kennedy is Gabay’s opposite number as Dina, a cafe owner who is the de facto leader of the bored Israelis. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘The Band’s Visit’ settles in at the Kennedy Center," 11 July 2019 Last month John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, enraged China by breaking with decades of precedent to meet his Taiwanese opposite number. The Economist, "Taiwan’s computing titans are caught up in the US-China tech war," 6 June 2019 Their opposite numbers were the scattered divisions of Allied administrators—civil servants, diplomats, organization directors and all their unremembered underlings. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The List of Varian Fry," 3 May 2019 This could bring your opposite number into clearer view as the lunar month unfolds. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 31, 2019: Happy birthday Dean Cane; Cancer, watch your eating and sleeping habits," 31 July 2019 Turner made seven saves while his opposite number, Richey, admirably chipped in with five saves. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati blanked by New England Revolution at Nippert Stadium, 2-0," 21 July 2019 For his opposite number, look to the unfortunate me-first stories foisted upon us by Marty Smith, who ended a segment in New Orleans, where Pelicans fans were celebrating the imminent No. 1 pick of Zion Williamson, by crowd surfing. Crowd surfing. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns draft pick Cam Johnson is my new favorite player. He should be yours, too. Here's why.," 20 June 2019 Since 1952, the Politburo, like its opposite numbers in Ottawa and Washington D.C., has presided over aggressive tree planting on the country’s arid fringes: in this case, the far north, where desertification threatens. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good," 26 Apr. 2019 Among Murdoch-watchers, the dramatis personae of Succession isn’t hard to connect to their opposite numbers in the family. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Confirmed: Yes, Rupert Murdoch's Family Enjoys Watching "Succession"," 8 Apr. 2019

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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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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