opposite number, one's

One's counterpart, as in He's my opposite number in the California office. This expression is generally used for a person's equivalent in another organization or system (number alluding to their position in a hierarchy). [c. 1900]


Nearby words

  1. opposer muscle of thumb,
  2. opposing,
  3. opposite,
  4. opposite field,
  5. opposite number,
  6. opposite prompt,
  7. opposite sex,
  8. opposition,
  9. oppositional disorder,
  10. oppositionist

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