- (idiomatic) Totally opposite.
1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in Death on the Centre Court:
- She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.
- 1993, Immortality, resurrection, and the age of the universe: a kabbalistic view, page 31
- In a purely spiritual sense, the two are poles apart and without the material could never be brought together in a single entity.
- 2001, Karl Figlio, Psychoanalysis, science and masculinity, page 213
- At this level, science and magic are poles apart and yet they are the same.
- 2009, November 29, Times of India, Two cities, two lives
- Two city living however has its own flipside, not the least the difficulty straddling the two different cultures of two cities that are poles apart.