Last modified on 9 December 2013, at 22:56

not touch something with a barge pole

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EtymologyEdit

Probably derived from the barge poles that bargemen used to fend off wharfs and other boats.

VerbEdit

not touch (something) with a barge pole

  1. (idiomatic, UK) To avoid something at all costs; to refuse to associate with something; (signifies a strong aversion).

Usage notesEdit

This expression is almost exclusively used in the negative.

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