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opposite number

counterpart; equivalent:
New members with an interest in folk art will find their opposite numbers in the association's directory.
Origin of opposite number
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A weary trudge brings him to 457, opposite number 1, whence he started.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • Then out of the corner of his eye he saw that he was opposite number two in the rival boat, and he knew that they were gaining.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • My opposite number was a lovely girl called Zoe something or other.

  • They moved across to the left: the first man sat down and his opposite number stood up.

  • I wouldn't mind being in charge—old Haas' opposite number at this end.

    Irresistible Weapon Horace Brown Fyfe
British Dictionary definitions for opposite number

opposite number

a person holding an equivalent and corresponding position on another side or situation
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