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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A helping hand can sometimes be attached to someone you normally wouldn't touch with a bargepole! Oh dear, that bad Sagittarius?
RubyWalsh looks almost a shoo-in to be the Festival's top jockey but I wouldn't touch with a bargepole the 33/1onoffer for Paul Nicholls to fail to land a winner at Cheltenham.
By using the Racing Post tissue prices as a starting point, Newton backs horses the majority of us wouldn't touch with a bargepole: 13-year-olds who haven't won for two years, horses whose form figures resemble somebody's rack at Scrabble.
Minutes later Alfie was behind the bar laughing and cracking jokes your dad wouldn't touch with a bargepole.
Schools which Education Secretary Estelle Morris said she wouldn't touch with a bargepole if she was still a teacher will be earmarked for the cash.
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