bargepole


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bargepole

(ˈbɑːdʒˌpəʊl)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) a long pole used to propel a barge
2. not touch with a bargepole informal to refuse to have anything to do with
Translations

bargepole

nBootsstange f; I wouldn’t touch it/him with a bargepole (Brit inf) → von so etwas/so jemandem lasse ich die Finger (inf); (out of disgust, distaste) → das/den würde ich noch nicht mal mit der Kneifzange anfassen (inf)
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My advice back then was don't touch it with a bargepole.
If any normal folk went for a job interview and the employer said 'tell me what happened in your last role,' and they replied 'I got the sack for under-achieving,' they would not touch that person with a bargepole.
For every lawyer with ambitions to be a politician I can show you a hundred who wouldn't touch it with a bargepole - myself included
Mas has got his eye on buying back the Argee Bhajee although why he'd want to touch that money pit with a bargepole is beyond us.
Author Mitch Vandell's new book Bargepole Management is due out in shops across the region in March, and deals with a phenomenon he feels is growing across the region
We ask that Kelly gets a squad of decent girlfriends who will give her the resolve to stop going back and forward in a yoyo relationship with aforementioned Lycra-wearing gentlemen by pointing out that anyone who calls himself a "shredded overlord" should come with a free bargepole.
Surely a manager who: 1) Picked up a sinking ship, 2) Showed two seasons of progress, 3) Has had to reduce wages 4) Been stuck with big contracts no one else will touch with a bargepole 5) Operated under very limited access to funds 6) Forced to bulk the squad with loan players, and 6) Is a red through and through DESERVES another season in charge
Freddie uncovers possible evidence at a charity function, but when he shows it to Bel, Laurie interrupts, telling them to steer clear of the story, which is like a red rag to a bull - if there's a surefire way to make them more determined than ever to get to the bottom of a story, it's to tell them not to touch it with a bargepole.
Investors won't touch them with a bargepole and are right to stay away.
Travel agents tell me they have had their fingers burnt and are too scared to touch the airline now with a bargepole -and can you blame them?
Having previously bolted-up in A8 class when scoring by a shade over six lengths, it is hard to comprehend such a lacklustre effort and we wouldn't touch the Aug 07 son of Top Savings with a bargepole in the grade.
Clubs won't touch him with a bargepole once they know he's been found with drugs," a source said.