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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"We shouldn't touch it with a bargepole. They were nothing but terrorists and the people of Abergele would be disgusted if we did."
That being said, I have no interest in smart meters, which reminds me of the idiom "would not touch it with a bargepole".
Super smart Shirley has responded by saying she wouldn't touch him with a bargepole.
Everton games are probably best left on the 'bargepole' list until further notice.
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.
I WOULDN'T touch Loic Remy with a bargepole. We need to look forwards, not back-k wards.
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. Hectoss r, meanwhile, is drinking heavily, but rather than blotting out his memories, it seems to make them more sharper, and before you know it, he's remembered something that might turn out to be very important indeed.
Investors won't touch them with a bargepole and are right to stay away.