opposite/other extreme

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of opposite/other extreme

used to contrast something that is beyond what is normal or reasonable in one extreme with something else that is in an opposite amount or to an opposite degree beyond what is normal or reasonable
  • After spending lavishly for years, the company has now gone to the opposite/other extreme and has cut expenses drastically.

Word by Word Definitions

opposite play
  1. : set over against something that is at the other end or side of an intervening (see intervene 4) line or space

  2. : situated in pairs on an axis (see axis 3) with each member being separated from the other by half the circumference (see circumference 2) of the axis — compare alternate

  3. : occupying an opposing and often antagonistic position

  1. : something that is opposed to some other often specified thing

  2. : antonym

  3. : additive inverse

  1. : on or to an opposite side

  1. : across from and usually facing or on the same level with

  2. : in a role complementary to

other play
  1. : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

  2. : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

  3. : second

  1. : one that remains of two or more

  2. : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : one of two that remains

  2. : each preceding one

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : otherwise

  1. : to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)

extreme play
  1. : existing in a very high degree

  2. : going to great or exaggerated lengths : radical

  3. : exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected

  1. : something situated at or marking one end or the other of a range

  2. : the first term or the last term of a mathematical proportion

  3. : the major term or minor term of a syllogism


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