from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who holds a position in an organization or system corresponding to that of a person in another organization or system; a counterpart: "had a face-to-face . . . conference with his opposite number at the American Embassy” ( Frederick Forsyth).
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- n. A person who holds a position in an organization that corresponds to that held by another person in an other organization; a counterpart
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- n. a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
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“Pelly did very badly, first in not carrying out the orders to engage his opposite number which had disastrous results [the crippling of the Lion],” he conceded to Jellicoe.
Together with a certain Lord Whitley, his opposite number in the Home Office, Dalziel was responsible for all covert operations both within England and beyond its borders.
Lieutenant Leach's 1 Platoon in November Company, like its opposite number in Oscar, had its back to the wall from the start of the attack by 290th MRR's IM Battalion; but unlike the men in Blickheim, found itself almost alone at first in holding its ground.
These countries are also represented by diplomatic representatives, known as Deputy Ministers for the Development of Space (Britain: SIR GEOFFREY MAYENCE; Pan-Europe: WALTHER GUENTHER; Russia: SERGEI VARISOV; India: MAHADEV AMBEDKAR; and Japan: MASAHARU TATSUKICHI — plus their US. opposite number who goes under the comparative title of Undersecretary for the Development of Space, ex-newsman JEN WYLIE.