Definition of opposite number in US English:

opposite number

noun

someone's opposite number
  • A person whose position or rank in another group, organization, or country is equivalent to that held by someone already mentioned.

    • ‘The claim comes from the heart experts at the department of cardiovascular medicine at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and their opposite numbers at similar hospitals in Florence and Pavia in Italy and in Gdansk, Poland.’
    • ‘His opposite number just bemoaned the fact that his side's positive media coverage would be coming to an end.’
    • ‘There were some pundits who feared that England's front three would come to Murrayfield and wipe the floor with their opposite numbers.’
    • ‘But when Mr Joyce went to meet his opposite numbers at their fire station in Basra, he experienced a shock.’
    • ‘But even those bloggers who never venture into print have something in common with their opposite numbers in the traditional media: a name to besmirch, a reputation to smudge.’
    • ‘Main's opposite number Craig Gordon had already fumbled the ball.’
    • ‘In doing so he got away from his opposite number and was almost always in a good position to receive a pass.’
    • ‘York were aggressive and disruptive when Shields had the ball and they played with freedom and passion when in possession themselves, befuddling their opposite numbers with quick interchanges and angled running.’
    • ‘But industry and its leaders - both the directors and their opposite numbers in the unions - have their share of blame for this.’
    • ‘Nate Hybl could not match the accuracy of his opposite number.’
    • ‘The losers had a couple of points on the board before Naas got into their stride as midfielders McMahon and Rory Higgins began to get to grips with their opposite numbers Damian Campion and Eamann Coleman.’
    • ‘This was unfortunate as they looked stronger than their opposite numbers when in possession.’
    • ‘Smith and the rest of his pack put in a sterling effort against their opposite numbers, who are all big strong men.’
    • ‘He could be talking to his opposite numbers in foreign governments, who then talk to American reporters, normally also on background.’
    • ‘I've ceased to be Prime Minister and we shall therefore no longer be opposite numbers at the table.’
    • ‘Breaking the pattern is not a big deal for them, and man for man they were miles ahead of their opposite numbers.’
    • ‘The foundation was the solid performance of the pack who were on top of their opposite numbers throughout.’
    • ‘The county emergency planning team and their opposite numbers in the police force who had planned to co-ordinate rescue efforts in a disaster lay in the rubble of their offices.’
    • ‘The back row of Murray Wallace, Mark Sitch and Neil MacKenzie in particular dominated their opposite numbers.’
    • ‘Mr Gregg will be contacting his opposite numbers in Moreton, Chipping Campden, Stow and Bourton to warn them of the risk.’
    equivalent, peer, equal, parallel, complement, match, twin, mate, fellow, brother, sister, analogue, correlative
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Pronunciation

opposite number

/ˈäpəzət ˈnəmbər/