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
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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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She had sparked teaching unions' fury by saying there are some comp-rehensives she "would not touch with a bargepole".
Ms Morris, who was a teacher for 18 years, says there are comprehensives she would not touch with a bargepole. And remember the offensive tag of "bog standard comprehensives" attached to schools by Blair's media chief Alastair Campbell?
Ms Morris is calling for a modernisation of the comprehensive system and said there are some schools she has visited through her job that she "would not touch with a bargepole" if she was still a teacher.
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